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PackageKit Frequently Asked Questions

Generic questions

Fedora specific questions

What's the status of GPG key import?

The decision to use PackageKit over pup or pirut in Fedora was taken only very late in the Fedora 9 planning process. At the time the decision was made, PackageKit had just branched for 0.2.x. 0.1.x was in bugfix and trivial fix mode, with no new features allowed. GPG key signing was pretty broken on F9 for a few months.

Now 0.2.x is in F9, and 0.3.x is in F10, and 0.4.x is in rawhide, all the GPG key issues are now fixed. Please open bugs if you have problems.

Why can't I install multiple packages with pkcon, gpk-install-package or system-install-packages?

If you use Fedora 10 or rawhide, you can.

Why can't I install multiple packages with 0.1.x or 0.2.x?

We are looking for input on how the user interface should look like. Jump on the PackageKit mailing list if you have any ideas.

What about group installations ?

Request for enhancement has already been filed at

system-install-packages and gpk-install-file do not work when run as the root user!

GTK+ tools should not be run as root. Any GTK+ program run as the root user is a massive security hole -- GTK+ just isn't designed with this in mind. There are numerous attack vectors when running as root, and so we shouldn't be letting programs do such insane, insecure things.

Lots of f10 packages are showing up!

I have been running F9 testing for a while and I'm now getting notified of hundreds of fc10 packages.

You should run:

yum clean all

This is a problem with PackageKit being confused by some pre-F9-release metadata you had laying around.

PackageKit won't work without NetworkManager

PackageKit 0.1.0 uses NetworkManager to get network state. 0.2.x provides unix fallbacks and also allows admins to tell PK to ignore NM using the config file. 0.2.2 will be backported soon.

PackageKit won't work with my proxy server

Short answer: We're working on it.

Long answer: packagekitd runs as root. This means any session policy will not be used, and any http_proxy variables will have to be exported system wide. Uisng 0.2.1 you can set the proxy settings in the /etc/PackageKit/PackageKit.conf config file - In 0.2.2 we are fixing this to allow the user to change the system proxy values for PackageKit in the session - hopefully with everything working without any user interaction.

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