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How often do you run dnf upgrade?

asked 2019-03-25 17:36:16 -0500

revolucion09 gravatar image

I was wondering, more fore the mature users of Fedora, how often you upgrade your system? As a mostly rolling release distribution and update package release, if anyone of you run a stable system, do you have any strategy for deciding when to upgrade? (i.e. every 3 months, on weekends, when there's low job workload, everytime?)


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Do you mean dnf update or (as you wrote) dnf upgrade? Updates are relatively lightweight system events and can be run frequently (like daily). Upgrades are available about every six months and may have deep ramifications which keep the system from functioning correctly after an upgrade.

wallyk gravatar imagewallyk ( 2019-03-25 18:26:52 -0500 )edit

fyi, dnf update does the same as dnf upgrade. Actually update is just an alias for upgrade and will be deprecated some time soon.

@wallyk what you mean is called system-upgrade In fedoras world, a distribution upgrade.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2019-03-25 20:11:20 -0500 )edit

It is already deprecated according to man dnf:

   Update Command
       dnf [options] update
              Deprecated alias for the Upgrade Command.
villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2019-03-26 01:52:11 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-03-25 18:34:49 -0500

nmgiffin gravatar image

I update whenever notified from gnome topbar notifications. Updates typically occur several times a week.

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answered 2019-03-26 16:54:48 -0500

stonedrebel gravatar image

Update and upgrade with dnf does, as already mentioned, the same, to apply updates and fixes to your running system. And it seems the update command is deprecated so try to use

dnf upgrade

or like many do through Gnome Software even with notifications if you use Fedora Workstation. Other desktops have probably different GUI software.

Personally I prefer the command line and use the upgrade command once a week to stay current.

Though Fedora is not a rolling release, not sure what you mean there.

When there is a new version or release of Fedora you can do a distribution upgrade, either from Gnome Software or with dnf itself, my preferred method.

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answered 2019-03-25 17:47:59 -0500

florian gravatar image

Every day (except those rare days, I don’t turn on my computer.)

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answered 2019-03-26 07:06:07 -0500

Night Romantic gravatar image

I usually do sudo dnf check-update every day, and if it reports something to upgrade (almost every day it does) -- then I upgrade.

If I've encountered some trouble after upgrading (it happened several times for the last few years) -- then the culprit is likely to be one of the recently updated packages, I can look through and (selectively) downgrade, if I feel like it, or do some more research, or report a bug, if I'm sure.

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