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How to rollback updates or uninstall packages in rescue mode in Fedora 18

asked 2013-02-18 10:13:53 -0500

Amit Singh gravatar image

updated 2013-08-02 03:07:01 -0500

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Hi I have triple boot - Fedora 18, Win 7 and CAELinux 2011. I run Fedora 18 with the latest Gnome shell.

In Fedora, I installed ATI legacy driver for HD 4k series graphics card by downgrading my X-server and patching the kernel 3.7 as per Pjotr's recommendation given here. I am not using akmod. I have excluded packages related to x11 and kernel from getting updated by editing yum.conf as per Pjotr's guide. I used my system successfully for sometime. Last night I installed some software from PackageKit (the "Software" icon from Applications) - wine, latexila, Gummi, Cinnamon desktop. Below usual Power Off menu I saw "Install updates and restart". I clicked it but now I am not able to go beyond Fedora logo after booting. I am suspicious that installing Cinnamon has broken my Gnome and ATI arrangement. I tried booting in rescue mode using installation DVD on a USB stick. It shows me "dracut#" prompt. "yum" command is not working on that prompt. I wish to uninstall Cinnamon packages. Can someone please tell me how to rollback newly installed packages and updates in emergency rescue mode?

Regards, Amit

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answered 2013-02-19 14:10:47 -0500

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Installing Cinnamon is very unlikely to cause a problem with booting. If you system cannot boot at all even if you switch kernels, you need to fix that instead. Refer to for some tips.

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Hi mether. Thank you for the link you gave. I followed the initial steps given there and found that my systemd is running. By pressing CTRL+ALT+F2 I was able to switch to a different virtual terminal where login prompt was working. Hence, as indicated in the link, there was problem with my X-server startup. I had compiled 15 xorg* packages from source and downgraded the ones that came pre-installed for my ATI drivers. They got updated and hence the issue. I will have to build the packages again. I used "yum history rollback" to rollback my recent installations and updates.

Amit Singh gravatar imageAmit Singh ( 2013-02-20 21:50:57 -0500 )edit

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