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Is there any way to upgrade from fedora 15 to 16 graphically?(without formatting root folder)

asked 2011-12-06 12:53:29 -0600

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updated 2014-10-01 01:12:52 -0600

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Any graphical method that can preserve my packages and settings.

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answered 2011-12-06 13:39:50 -0600

updated 2011-12-06 13:42:17 -0600

Preupgrade can work well, but, you also need to prepare for the possibility it will fail.

1) Start by backing up your data. Included in this step I would make a list of what packages are installed.

rpm -qa > package.list

package.list can be used to restore your system (see below).

2) Read the release notes and common bugs for Fedora 16

3) Disable all third party repos (rpmfusion, others). Remove any third party drivers from outside the fedora repos, including kmods / akmods (nvidia, ati, wireless).

4) Do the upgrade.

Both the DVD and Preupgrade are graphical. The DVD is preferred (see the above link). Preupgrade is supported, but not preferred as it is less reliable.

5) Do the post-upgrade cleanup

6) Re-enable 3rd party repos & re-install 3rd party drivers ( kmod / akmod / nvidia / ati / wireless / etc).

Skipping any of those steps is risking failure and upgrades should not be done without proper preparation =)

If the upgrade fails for any reason you will likely need to do a fresh install and restore from backup.

To restore all your packages from the previous package.list

yum install $(cat package.list)

If all that seems like to much hassle, then back up your data, do a fresh install, and restore your previous packages from package.list

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answered 2011-12-06 12:57:20 -0600

Jitesh Shah gravatar image

There is. Try preupgrade.

Here is a typical screenshot:

pre-upgrade should be installed by default on your system. Infact, it is the recommended way to upgrade Fedora. It will keep all your package settings and you can work on other stuff while all the packages are being fetched from the mirrors.

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answered 2011-12-06 13:34:56 -0600

hhlp gravatar image

well pre-upgrade is a good option but you can also upgrade your system with the DVD and follow the process. the dvd detect that you have a previous system installed and give you the option to upgrade.

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