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What alternative could I use to dnfdragora in Fedora 28 ?

asked 2018-06-07 14:30:17 -0500

R S gravatar image

I need some GUI package manager. I need to know exact name of package to be able to install it using dnf.

I couldn't run dnfdragora first, now I can open it, but can't search packages - it does nothing.

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The short answer is: There is none in Fedora.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-06-07 21:31:38 -0500 )edit

dnfdragora certainly has a search function. Make sure the drop-down second row from top and second from left is set to "All". If you set first from left second row to "Groups" you can explore the package groups.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2018-06-08 01:32:44 -0500 )edit

@villykruse I can't use it at all currently: error message appears and then it quits.

R S gravatar imageR S ( 2018-06-08 10:14:44 -0500 )edit

Tell us what the error message is. To to so start it from a terminal window by entering the command dnfdragora. Please add the information to your original question.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-06-08 10:32:17 -0500 )edit

FYI, there is a bunch of open bugs reported against dnfdragora Maybe you are affected by one of them. Do you know the Automatic Bug Reporter Tool application? It could have caught the crash and provide more information as well.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-06-08 10:36:14 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-06-07 18:14:28 -0500

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I hate GUIs myself, but if you like them, you could try installing yumex. It's a pain in the rear though; so many dependencies that you might have to take care of (or at least from what I hear).

Try it out:

IMO, stick to the basic dnf in the command line and you should honestly do fine. Searching is not that hard with dnf either provided you know how.

You can read up here:

Hope this helps.

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I heard yumex-dnf was somewhat better than dnfdragora is today but yumex-dnf is not maintained anymore. I would not use unmaintained software if you can avoid.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-06-07 21:29:05 -0500 )edit

The last git commit reads,

$ git diff @~ @
diff --git a/ b/
index 38dcf10..93b455b 100644
--- a/
+++ b/
@@ -1,4 +1,4 @@
-23-03-2017: yumex-dnf if no longer under active development
+23-03-2017: yumex-dnf is no longer under active development
villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2018-06-08 07:50:21 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-06-07 16:44:59 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2018-06-07 16:47:29 -0500

My personal opinion: dnfdragora isn't any good and that's why I recommend to strictly use dnf, no exceptions. Don't even think about Gnome Software to install packages (it will create a mess).

Search packages? dnf search searchterm

EDIT: Additional info:

Check out this Q/A for more information about how to effectively use the most important functions of dnf.

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