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How to upgrade fedora 13 to fedora 16?

asked 2012-01-22 03:23:56 -0500

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updated 2012-02-03 03:15:25 -0500

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I have problem upgrading fedora 13 (x86_64) using preupgrade tool. I did:

yum update

And then run preupgrade choosing fedora 16. After reboot installer said that my version is not high enough to upgrade to fedora 16. So I run the tool again choosing fedora 14 but I ended up with same error!

Is fedora 13 upgradeable with preupgrade tool? If it isn't why there is an option to upgrade to fedora 14? Does the fact that I first tried to upgrade to fedora 16 could have any impact on later attempt to upgrade to fedora 14? How can I clean preupgrade files (since I don't really need that packages if I can't upgrade)? Is there better (working) way to upgrade fedora 13?

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answered 2012-01-22 10:43:39 -0500

There is probably no easy way to upgrade from Fedora 13 --> 16. There are a lot of changes from Fedora 13 -> 16 and I think you would be much much better off backing up your data and performing a fresh install.

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fresh install ++

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2012-02-02 03:30:35 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-01-22 16:27:08 -0500

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updated 2012-01-22 16:28:41 -0500

There are two options, 1) yum upgrade and 2) preupgrade. The former DOES NOT support F13->F16 upgrading, but preupgrade does.

Feel free to try it but BACKUP EVERYTHING. It may fail, F13 is very old one. Good luck.

Edit: Ah you say it failed. Well, it should work. Unlucky :-(

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answered 2012-02-04 03:33:35 -0500

I made upgrades from F13 to F16 on 2 machines and this via remote desktop (TeamViewer) because I wanted to try out how long I come with this variant. Instead of preupgrade I prefer yum. To upgrade via yum is much more safty and you see if there are problems with package dependencies. I tried the "hard way" directly from F13 to F16 but this goes mostly wrong because of to much package dependencies which cannot resolved. So I chose the "soft way" from F13 to F14 to F15 to F16 and it went successfull. You'll have some unproblematic package dependencies, especially from F14 to F15, but these packages can you just remove.

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answered 2012-02-03 00:26:39 -0500

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I had the same problem. I was running Fedora 13 and tried to upgrade to Fedora 16. I got the same error, stating that I could not upgrade from a version that old. I then tried to upgrade to Fedora 14. It failed with the same error.

I noticed that the Fedora 14 upgrade was trying to install a lot of FC16 packages. Obviously, something from the Fedora 16 upgrade was still around even though I had run "yum clean all"

The solution for me was to remove everything under /var/cache/yum. After I did this the Fedora 14 upgrade worked perfectly. I was then able to upgrade from 14 to 16.

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