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Upgrade path for fedora 16 to 20?

asked 2014-04-14 15:42:15 -0500

Kelly64 gravatar image

I have a server running Fedora 16 (Vern) that I would like to update to the latest version: Fedora 20, I believe. What is the best path for achieving this?

I would prefer not having to start from scratch with a blank hard drive. Thanks in advance!

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Do you have separated disk partitions for system and home?

hroncok gravatar imagehroncok ( 2014-04-14 16:33:29 -0500 )edit

Hi, Churchyard. Yes, I do. I have separate file systems for /, /home, /var, /games, and /tmp.

I've read a few message threads on other forums, and one person had success (they claim) using preupgrade to get to Fedora 17, then FedUp to get to more recent versions. If that works, that would be fine, but I haven't been able to find an "official" upgrade path since 16 and 17 are unsupported.

Kelly64 gravatar imageKelly64 ( 2014-04-14 16:44:29 -0500 )edit

What you suggest might work. I'd suggest to try it in virtual environment first. The problem with Fedora 16 to 17 is that some directories have moved along the filesystem and some of them are no longer there. But as soon as preupgrade to F17 works, you should be fine.

See https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_use_PreUpgrade to upgrade to F17

Make a backup of everything before you proceed.

hroncok gravatar imagehroncok ( 2014-04-15 06:37:27 -0500 )edit

Why I was asking about the partitions: Depending on how much content you have on the system partitions not coming from RPM packages - if you have none or almost none, I'd recommend exporting the list of installed packages -> reinstalling, but keeping your home, and restoring the packages from that list.

hroncok gravatar imagehroncok ( 2014-04-15 06:37:35 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-04-15 06:59:05 -0500

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you need to install fedup and fedora-upgrade. Just do the following steps. open terminal as root user and type:

yum install fedup

yum install fedora-upgrade

fedup-cli --network 20 --debuglog /root/fedup-19to20.debug.log

reboot

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I'm not quite sure that would work from Fedora 16

hroncok gravatar imagehroncok ( 2014-04-18 03:26:45 -0500 )edit

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