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Should I have to restart to install updates?

asked 2014-11-02 23:37:16 -0500

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updated 2014-11-03 04:16:48 -0500

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I have been using Linux for a while now in different capacities, and one of the things that I like best about it is that ii can install updates while my machine is running instead of having to restart each time I need to do some minor updates. I recently switched to Fedora 20, using Gnome 3. I have received a notification that I need to restart and update via Gnome software center. Is this my only option for updating? I don't want to have to restart my computer every time I need to update, and I was wondering if this is just a Gnome phenomenon. If it's not my only option, how do I do an update while I'm still using my computer?

Thanks for the help in advance!

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answered 2014-11-03 00:55:19 -0500

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updated 2014-11-03 01:00:51 -0500

For most updates, you do not need to restart. I have never used the Software Center for updates so I do not know why it's asking you to restart. If you use the terminal, it won't ask to restart. The command in Fedora to update is sudo yum update. You just need to be aware that if a new kernel is installed, then you will need to reboot to use the new kernel. Also updates for certain libraries or packages needed by Fedora might not become available until reboot. But none of these are critical updates that need a reboot.

For any update, you can wait as long as you want to reboot. Point is, you do not need to restart after updates. Personally, I never reboot after updating unless I get a kernel update.

Of course you will need to reboot for an OS upgrade (say upgrading to F21 when it's released next month).

By the way, welcome to Fedora and to Ask Fedora.

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Thanks for the correction. I have not had any problems with the updates or any glitches but from thanks for the info. I'll surely be more wary about such glitches from now on.

cgonz31 gravatar imagecgonz31 ( 2014-11-03 09:14:33 -0500 )edit

Not having to restart with every update was one of the features that made Linux better than that-other-os-that-needs-to-restart-a-lot. Gnome-software is asking me to restart for every minor update, and after restarting and installing, restarts again! Now even Windows (I mean that-other-etc...) doesn't restart very often anymore (just when necessary), probably taking the much voiced complaints to heart. I don't really use gnome-software, but putting non-technical users through the experience of the gnome-software update circus is just crazyness and might even turn them away from Linux.

wensveen gravatar imagewensveen ( 2015-01-12 02:28:15 -0500 )edit

I totally agree, and in my opinion needing to restart for updates leads to people not updating. When you're at the computer, you always have better stuff to do. I think it's the wrong decision. Anyway, is there a way, a setting maybe, to deactivate the need to restart first?

theonlyandy gravatar imagetheonlyandy ( 2015-04-28 03:34:54 -0500 )edit
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answered 2014-11-03 04:20:33 -0500

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Richard, the gnome-software upstream explained why gnome-software uses the reboot to update model. His reasons are sound and while most of the time, you can get away without rebooting after an update, there are cases where you must, and will end up with weird glitches until you do. Please read this thread: https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel/2013-November/191197.html

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