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software package fails to find updates and gives multiple error messages. Would you please explain to a beginer how to correct the faults exposed by command gnome-software, as shown?

asked 2018-07-17 15:40:37 -0500

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updated 2018-07-18 05:45:32 -0500

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[root@--]# gnome-software No protocol specified 17:29:13:0947 dbind Could not open X display 17:29:13:0978 GLib-GIO gdbusproxynewsync: assertion 'GISDBUSCONNECTION (connection)' failed 17:29:14:0192 Gs Failed to load /usr/lib64/gs-plugins-11/ failed to open plugin /usr/lib64/gs-plugins-11/ /lib64/ undefined symbol: dnfcontextsetenable_filelists 17:29:14:0228 Gs can't reliably fixup error code 18 in domain g-io-error-quark 17:29:14:0228 Gs not GsPlugin error from plugin snap snapd-error-quark:0: Unable to connect snapd socket: No such file or directory 17:29:16:0400 As Ignoring invalid AppStream file /var/cache/app-info/xmls/.goutputstream-R6BAMZ: AppStream metadata name /var/cache/app-info/xmls/.goutputstream-R6BAMZ not valid, expected .xml[.] or .yml[.] 17:29:16:0402 Gs plugin appstream took 2.2 seconds to do setup 17:29:16:0576 Gs enabled plugins: packagekit-refresh, os-release, packagekit, packagekit-offline, packagekit-proxy, desktop-categories, systemd-updates, packagekit-url-to-app, fwupd, packagekit-upgrade, packagekit-local, fedora-pkgdb-collections, appstream, generic-updates, epiphany, flatpak, desktop-menu-path, steam, hardcoded-featured, rewrite-resource, hardcoded-blacklist, hardcoded-popular, modalias, packagekit-refine, repos, packagekit-history, icons, odrs, provenance, packagekit-refine-repos, key-colors, provenance-license, key-colors-metadata 17:29:16:0576 Gs disabled plugins: dpkg, dummy, shell-extensions, snap Segmentation fault (core dumped)

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answered 2018-07-17 21:26:05 -0500

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updated 2018-07-18 08:26:02 -0500

The problem is simple: You are trying to run a graphical application as root user. Wayland (your display manager) does not allow that.

That question has been asked and nicely answered here.

In general, you shouldn't run Gnome Software or any GUI app as root. Just log in as a "normal" user (or use the pkcon command (no GUI)).

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answered 2018-07-18 15:27:58 -0500

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Sorry for the confusion, problem solved and peace of mind restored. I opened the gnome terminal and entered the update command got the last metadata and result. I ran it twice to be sure. What surprised me was that no updates were needed. Earlier today I had done the dnf update on the usual terminal, and the gnome metadata referred to that, so it seems that the normal dnf command had updated both gnome and non-gnome packages without me realising that fact. Thanks very much

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dnf update updates all available package from any enabled software repository (/etc/yum.repos.d/), no matter if they are gnome-related or not. Gnome Software (that uses PackageKit) does the same. However, it works completely in parallel (not sharing metadata or transaction database with dnf). Stay with dnf!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-07-20 09:06:10 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-07-18 09:04:10 -0500

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The fundamental problem occurred before ever I logged in as a root user. This was done in order to try and diagnose the problem which was that clicking the "Software" icon and selecting updates, then asking to check for updates resulted in failures to update messages. I need to be able to either firstly, repair the graphical updating process, or secondly absorb your advice, and go on to learn the command code precisely and use the terminal for all updating. Thanks for your help to this point.

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OK, I would suggest you login as your "normal" user and perform a system update without using the graphical Gnome Software app. So, once logged in, open a terminal (gnome-terminal) and run the command sudo dnf update. Then report back.

For future reference, the addtiional information you provided here should better be placed in the original question or as a comment to your question (not as answer). Finally, Welcome to ask.fedora

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-07-18 09:54:39 -0500 )edit

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