Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 155190
New document: Software management with yum
Last modified: 2008-01-29 13:52:41 EST
Description of problem:
Managing software on FC is currently slightly complicated. This tutorial
includes an overview of the situation and how the different applications relate,
as well as documenting yum.
It's a trimmed version of a document that has been posted to the
fedora-docs-list previously, and another piece of that earlier document has
been reworked as the tutorial on bug 155180.
This document has now been imported into CVS as the module yum-software-management
I am running rawhide and get some error that seems to indicate I should
upgrade the kernel. According to docs this is supposed to be automatic. The
yum software management does not indicate how to upgrade the kernel.
It is, afterall, "software".
There are hints and references on the web to making a backup of the running
kernel, but I did not find any howto yet for a
rawhide/fedora/rpm/yum/kernel "safe" upgrade process.
I would like to see this as a section of the yum doc or a pointer to
such an article in the yum doc.
The author is referring to the fact that current Rawhide has a "conflicts" with
kernels < 2.6.13, so users trying to "update" to Rawhide will not be able to do
so without removing old kernels from their system first. "Updating" to Rawhide
has never been supported as far as I know, and users should expect these sorts
of things to break from time to time. This particular problem has been
discussed several times in the last week or two on fedora-devel-list, in fact.
If you are upgrading within the Core -> updates-released path, you should not
encounter this type of problem.
It might not be a bad idea to simply have an admonition in the doc about using
yum with Rawhide. Stuart, I leave this one up to your discretion.
I am running rawhide.
I have no problem with an admonition if it also points to a solution, e.g. a
reference to the answer (hopefully :) referred to on fedora-devel-list.
I think that you've highlighted a weakness in the currently available
documentation - AFAIK the only documentation specifically for Rawhide is the
Testing Guide in development on the Wiki:
Fedora kernel packages install a new kernel and make it the default, but the
previous kernels (and their packages) are retained on the system, so it normally
it just works and you can rollback to older kernels at any time. There ought to
be a note on kernel packages in this document - I've now filed #170709 to remind
me to fix this.
Version upgrading and switching to Rawhide require a bit more than the standard
yum commands, and details vary over time, so I think that those cases are
probably better handled by separate documents, like the FAQ that you mentioned.
I don't think we should reference answers to very specific Rawhide problems
which may or may not exist in the future. Since FC5 -> Rawhide won't show this
specific problem, the admonition would then be meaningless. Instead, let's have
any such admonition point to the Testing Guide for further information.
Is this still a problem?