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= Upgrading Fedora Using Yum =
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{{admon/caution|Although upgrades with yum have been tested and work, live upgrades are not recommended by the Fedora Project. If you are not prepared to resolve issues on your own if things break, you should probably use the recommend installation methods instead.}}
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{{admon/warning| This page is refers to unofficial method of upgrading. Refer to [[Upgrading]] page on the current official methods to upgrade Fedora.}}
  
The recommended installation method is with a boot media with the Anaconda installer as detailed in the [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/ Installation Guide]. [[PreUpgrade]] is a slightly different upgrade method where the all packages are downloaded before the system is rebooted into the Anaconda installer.
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This page contains information explaining how to upgrade Fedora online using {{command|dnf}} (without the DNF system upgrade plugin).
  
When upgrading with yum you don't get any help from Anaconda, but if you are lucky you might be able to upgrade systems remotely over ssh and without any downtime. But the system must be rebooted to get the new kernel and system libraries and services running, so currently you can't avoid having some downtime. Rebooting after such an upgrade is always very exciting.
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== Upgrading Fedora using dnf directly ==
  
With a typical installation and when following advices here, then live upgrade with yum usually works well.
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== Participate ==
  
== Participate ==
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If you are upgrading using [[Dnf]] and it shows any general dependency issues, please file them in [http://bugzilla.redhat.com Bugzilla]. But please read this page, all references pages and search the mailing list archives before filing bugs. And of course, please help keep this page updated.
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If you want to help make live upgrades work smoothly, join the [[SIGs/LiveUpgrade | Live Upgrade Special Interest Group]].
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== Upgrading across multiple releases ==
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If you need to upgrade across several releases, it is generally recommended to go one release at a time: for example, rather than going directly from {{FedoraVersion|long|previous}} to {{FedoraVersion|long|next}}, first go to {{FedoraVersion|long}} and then from there to {{FedoraVersion|long|next}}. This tends to reduce the number of package dependency issues you may encounter. If you are upgrading from an [[End of life]] release, please also see [[#eol|the end-of-life section]].
  
If you are upgrading using Yum and it shows up any general dependency issues, please file them in http://bugzilla.redhat.com. But please read this page and all references pages and search the mailing list archives before filing bugs. And of course, please help keeping this page updated.
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== Instructions to upgrade using dnf ==
  
If you want to help make live upgrades work smoothly, join the [[SIGs/LiveUpgrade Live Upgrade Special Interest Group]].
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=== 1. Backup your system ===
  
== Instructions to upgrade using yum ==
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Backup any personal data to an external hard drive or to another machine.  If there is some unrecoverable error that requires a fresh install, you don't want to lose any data.
  
=== 1. Read about common problems ===
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=== 2. Read about common problems ===
  
Further down in this page there's a list of common problems for specific versions. Some of them require attention before the upgrade.
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Further down in this page there is a list of common problems specific to dnf upgrades for specific versions. Some of them require attention before the upgrade.
  
General advice on upgrading Fedora can be found on [[DistributionUpgrades]]. You should also read the release notes for the version you upgrade to (for example [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/f9/en_US/sn-Installer.html#Upgrade-Related-Issues Fedora 9]) - it contains important information regarding upgrading issues.
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General advice on upgrading Fedora can be found on the [[Upgrading]] page. You should also read the [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/ Installation Guide] and [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/ Release Notes] for the version you plan to upgrade to - they contain important information regarding upgrading issues. Finally, check the list of [[Common bugs]].
  
=== 2. Clean Stuff ===
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=== 3. Clean Stuff ===
  
 
Review and remove all .rpmsave and .rpmnew files before and after upgrading. (And if you have selinux enabled then remember to check security context if you move config files around.)
 
Review and remove all .rpmsave and .rpmnew files before and after upgrading. (And if you have selinux enabled then remember to check security context if you move config files around.)
  
{{admon/tip|Find unused config files|Merge and resolve the changes found by the following script: <code>for a in $(find /etc /var -name '*.rpm?*'); do diff -u $a ${a%.rpm?*}; done</code>.}}
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{{admon/tip|Find unused config files|Merge and resolve the changes found by the following script: <code>dnf install rpmconf; rpmconf -a</code>
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Now find and remove old config which nobody owns: <code>rpmconf -c</code>}}
  
 
Now is a good time to remove packages you don't use - especially non-standard packages.
 
Now is a good time to remove packages you don't use - especially non-standard packages.
  
{{admon/tip|Find and review "unused" packages| You can find packages not required by other packes with the tool <code>package-cleanup</code> from the <code>yum-utils</code> package: <code>yum install yum-utils; package-cleanup --leaves</code>. These packages could be candidates for removal, but check if you use them directly or if they are used by applications not backed by rpm packages. Remove them with rpm -e package-name-and-version.  
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{{admon/tip|Find and review "unused" packages| You can find packages not required by other packages with the tool <code>package-cleanup</code> from the <code>yum-utils</code> package: <code>dnf install yum-utils; package-cleanup --leaves</code>. These packages could be candidates for removal, but check to see whether you use them directly or if they are used by applications not backed by rpm packages. Remove them with <code>dnf remove package-name-and-version</code>.<br/>
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Another useful tool for cleaning up unused packages is <code>rpmreaper</code>.  It's an ncurses application that lets you view rpm dependency graph and mark packages for deletion.  Marking one package can make other packages leaf, which you can see immediately, so you don't have to run the tool several times to get rid of whole sub-tree of unused packages.  Install with: <code>dnf install rpmreaper</code>.
 
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If you have packages from 3rd party repos installed then make sure that these repos are enabled and ready for the new version. The upgrade might fail if there are outdated dependencies from packages not backed by a yum repo or backed by a repo which isn't ready for the new version.
 
  
 
{{admon/tip|Find and review "lost" packages| You can find orphaned packages (ie packages not in the repositories anymore) with: <code>package-cleanup --orphans</code>. This will also show packages which have been partially uninstalled but where the "%postun" script failed.}}
 
{{admon/tip|Find and review "lost" packages| You can find orphaned packages (ie packages not in the repositories anymore) with: <code>package-cleanup --orphans</code>. This will also show packages which have been partially uninstalled but where the "%postun" script failed.}}
  
Make sure you have the <code>yum-fastestmirror</code> package installed so that yum uses the "best" mirror.
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=== 4. Do the upgrade ===
  
<pre>
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If you have 3rd party repositories configured, you may need to adjust them for the new Fedora version. If you switch from one Fedora release to another there is often nothing that needs to be done.  If you switch to Rawhide from a standard Fedora release (or vice versa) then most of the time you will need to install the Rawhide release RPMs from the 3rd party repository as well (or the standard ones, if switching back).
yum install yum-fastestmirror
 
</pre>
 
  
Then remove all traces of the version you are leaving from the yum cache in <code>/var/cache/yum</code>.
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Note that the upgrade is likely to fail if there are outdated dependencies from packages not backed by a dnf repository or backed by a repository which isn't ready for the new version.
  
<pre>
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It is a good idea to do the upgrade outside the graphical environment. Log out of your graphical desktop and then
yum clean all
 
</pre>
 
  
=== 3. Switch repositories ===
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==== fedora-upgrade ====
  
Update the packages that decide which yum repositories to use.
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A small script named fedora-upgrade is available which aims to automate the process outlined below. To run it, do the following
  
<pre>
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<pre>$ sudo dnf install fedora-upgrade
rpm -Uhv ftp://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/releases/<ReleaseNumber>/Fedora/<Arch>/os/Packages/fedora-release-*.noarch.rpm
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$ sudo fedora-upgrade
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
For Fedora 9, as an example,
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When performing upgrade via remote shell, it is good idea to use screen or tmux utility to be able to get back to running transaction in case your connection drops.
 
 
<pre>
 
rpm -Uvh ftp://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/updates/9/i386.newkey/fedora-release-*.noarch.rpm
 
</pre>
 
  
(The architecture doesn't matter for this <code>noarch</code> package.)
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Alternatively, follow the manual steps:
  
Make sure the new repo files isn't placed as <code>.rpmnew</code> files, perhaps by
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==== Go to a text console ====
  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
mv /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo.rpmnew /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo
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ctrl + alt + F2
mv /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo.rpmnew /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo
 
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
Also make sure that all the 3rd party repos you normally use point to the repository for the new Fedora release.
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(or)
 
 
=== 4. Do the upgrade ===
 
  
It is a good idea to do this outside the graphical environment. Log out of your graphical desktop and then go to a text console
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log in as root, and go into multi-user.target
  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
ctrl + alt + F1
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systemctl isolate multi-user.target
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
log in as root, and go into runlevel 3
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==== Fully update your current Fedora install ====
  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
telinit 3
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# dnf upgrade
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
{{admon/warning|Once a live upgrade is started do not stop the upgrade by rebooting, killing the process, or by any other method until it is complete, doing so will cause the affected system to be in a mixed state. Partially the old release and partially the new release.  In this state the system will not be reliable and will not operate as expected.  The only way to recover from this is to reinstall if it occurs.}}
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{{anchor|packagekey}}
 
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==== Install the package signing key for the release you are upgrading to ====
{{admon/tip|Update important packages first| You can start try to update the update machinery first with <code>yum update rpm\* yum\*</code>. Another idea is to start with <code>glibc</code>. In both cases dependencies might however expand it to an almost full upgrade anyway. And doing a full upgrade might be more safe. YMMV.
 
}}
 
  
Upgrade all packages with
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If you are upgrading across two releases or fewer from Fedora 20 or later, this step should be unnecessary. If you are upgrading from an older Fedora or upgrading across three or more releases, you may need to import the signing key for the target release.
  
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If it turns out not to be, you should be able to import keys like so:
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
yum upgrade
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# rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-23-x86_64
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
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, replacing "23" and "x86_64" with the new Fedora version and your architecture, respectively.
  
<code>yum</code> might complain about conflicts or requirements. That is probably because you have used non-standard repositories or installed non-standard packages manually. Try to guess which packages cause the problem (or at least is a part of the dependency chain) - uninstall them and try again. Remember to install the packages again if they are essential.
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You can also find package signing keys for currently-supported releases [https://getfedora.org/keys/ here]. Keys for EOL releases can be found [https://getfedora.org/keys/obsolete.html here]. Click ''Primary'' (or ''Secondary'', if you are using a secondary architecture), and you will see ''Get it from: Fedora Project'', where ''Fedora Project'' is a link. Copy that URL, and run:
 
 
Ensure that all (new) essential packages from the new version is installed with
 
 
 
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
yum groupupdate Base
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# rpm --import (url)
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
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to install the key. On old releases, {{command|rpm}} may have trouble doing this; if that happens, download the file with {{command|curl -o}} or {{command|wget}} and import the downloaded file.
  
You might want to update other groups too, see
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==== Clean the cache ====
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Then remove all traces of the version you are leaving from the dnf cache in <code>/var/cache/dnf</code>.
  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
yum grouplist
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# dnf clean all
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
For example
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==== Upgrade all packages ====
  
<pre>
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{{admon/warning|Never upgrade on battery power|Never run the upgrade operation on battery power! Always connect to the mains, if using a laptop. However, if your system does have a battery, it's a good idea to ensure it's charged and connected in case of a power outage during the upgrade.}}
yum groupupdate "GNOME Desktop Environment" \
 
"Development Tools" "Server Configuration Tools" \
 
"Hardware Support" "Sound and Video" \
 
"Graphical Internet" "Fonts" \
 
"Games and Entertainment" "Printing Software" \
 
"Administration Tools" "Office/Productivity" "System Tools"
 
</pre>
 
  
=== 5. Preparing for reboot ===
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{{admon/warning|Do not interrupt an upgrade for any reason|Once a live upgrade is started, do not stop the upgrade by rebooting, killing the process, or by any other method until it is complete. Interrupting an upgrade will cause the affected system to be in a mixed state -- partially the old release and partially the new release.  In this state, the system will not be reliable and will not operate as expected.  You can try running {{command|dnf distro-sync}} and {{command|package-cleanup --problems}} to try and fix the problems.}}
  
Before booting you should usually install the bootloader from your new grub by running
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Run the upgrade command:
<pre>
 
/sbin/grub-install BOOTDEVICE
 
</pre>
 
- where BOOTDEVICE usually is <code>/dev/sda</code> (If you get an error '/dev/sda does not have any corresponding BIOS drive' from that, then try <tt>/sbin/grub-install --recheck /dev/sda</tt>.)
 
  
Also, the order of init scripts could have changed from the previous version. A command to reset the order is:
 
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
cd /etc/rc.d/init.d; for f in *; do /sbin/chkconfig $f resetpriorities; done
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# dnf --releasever=<target_release_number> --setopt=deltarpm=false distro-sync
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
Again, run <code>package-cleanup --orphans</code> to find packages that hasn't been upgraded.
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{{admon/note|Dependency issues|If you experience any dependency problems, you have to solve them manually. These are often caused by packages being retired in the newer release, but not properly obsoleted. Often it is enough to remove several problematic package(s).
 
 
== Version specific notes ==
 
 
 
=== Fedora 9 -> Fedora 10 Beta ===
 
  
* Check the [[Releases/10/Beta/ReleaseNotes Fedora 10 Beta Release Notes]]
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You may find that a package you care about depends on a package that must be removed for the upgrade to proceed. Usually you will be able to reinstall the important package once the upgrade is complete.
* Get started with <code>rpm -Uhv ftp://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/development/i386/os/Packages/fedora-release-9.92-1.noarch.rpm</code>
 
* X has become much better at detecting hardware and making configuration changes while running, so you probably don't need an xorg.conf. Your config file might not work with the new X version, and then you might see problems such as X hangs once you log into the desktop. So: <code>mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.pre10</code>. You can use <code>system-config-display</code> to create an xorg.conf - if it is installed.
 
* Fedora 10 has a new rpm version, and that can give some challenges ...
 
* The new kernel modesetting has been problematic. You might have to add the kernel parameter <code>nomodeset</code>
 
* The new graphical boot stuff called <code>plymouth</code> is copied into the initrd together with drivers etc, so whenever it changes bild a new initrd - for example with <code>v=$(rpm -q kernel --qf="%{version}-%{release}.%{arch}\n"|tail -n1); mkinitrd -v -f /boot/initrd-$v.img $v</code> ... or install a new kernel.
 
  
=== Fedora 8 -> Fedora 9 ===
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If it seems like you must remove a package with many dependencies, especially ones that look important, please be careful. If you are attempting to upgrade across multiple releases, try a smaller jump to see if that avoids the problem.
  
* If you are running as a <code>xen</code> Host (Dom0) you should not upgrade to Fedora 9. [http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-xen/2008-March/msg00013.html]
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If you are at all unsure in any way, ask for help on a mailing list, forum or IRC before removing packages.}}
* Upgrading the thunderbird package will [https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=446351 fail] . The current workaround is <code>yum remove thunderbird; yum install thunderbird></code>.
 
* If you are upgrading to Fedora 9 and use <code>emacs</code>, you must upgrade to the latest version of <code>emacs</code> for your prior release to ensure a clean upgrade. Fedora 8 users must have <code>emacs-22.1-10.fc8</code> or later, while Fedora 7 users must have <code>emacs-22.1-7.fc7</code>.  Bug report [https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=239745 here] .
 
* Due to the switch from sysvinit to [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Upstart Upstart] , it is recommended that users who do a upgrade on a live filesystem to Fedora 9 reboot soon afterwards. If you do not reboot, you may want to take careful note of any '/etc/inittab.rpmsave' or '/etc/inittab.rpmnew' files. When rebooting after an upgrade then be aware that sysvinit that was used to start the system can't be used to shut it down.
 
  
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=== 5. Make sure Fedora is upgraded ===
  
=== Fedora 7 -> Fedora 8 ===
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Distro-sync will usually take care of upgrades for the third party repositories you have enabled as well.  Confirm with {{command|dnf repolist}} after the upgrade process is over.  <code>dnf</code> might complain about conflicts or requirements. That is probably because you have used non-standard repositories or installed non-standard packages manually. Try to guess which packages cause the problem (or at least is a part of the dependency chain) - uninstall them and try again. Remember to install the packages again if they are essential. 
  
* New pulseaudio and flash support packages must be installed manually:
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Ensure that all (new) essential packages from the new version are installed with
  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
yum groupinstall sound-and-video gnome-desktop (if you are using Gnome)
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# dnf groupupdate 'Minimal Install'
yum groupinstall sound-and-video kde-desktop (if you are using KDE)
 
yum install libflashsupport paman padevchooser
 
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
* The Fedora 7 avahi packagage fails to uninstall; remove it manually with
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You might want to update other groups too, see
  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
rpm -e --noscripts avahi-0.6.17-1.fc7
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# dnf grouplist
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
* On 64 bit machines (x86_64) you may have to remove some 32 bit libraries. For example dbus:
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For example
  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
yum erase dbus.i386
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# dnf groupupdate "GNOME Desktop" \
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    "Development Tools" "Sound and Video" \
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    "Games and Entertainment" "Administration Tools" \
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    "Office/Productivity" "System Tools"
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
* You may find it easier to use the yum shell to stack these commands in a single transaction:
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=== 6. Preparing for reboot ===
  
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{{Anchor|bootloader}}
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Before booting you should usually install the bootloader from your new grub by running
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
yum shell
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/usr/sbin/grub2-install BOOTDEVICE
> erase dbus.i386
 
> update
 
> run
 
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
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- where BOOTDEVICE is often {{code|/dev/sda}}, or {{code|/dev/vda}} for some virtual machine installs. If you have more than one hard disk, make sure you use the correct device!
  
* A lot of KDE packages are no longer multilib in F8. If you are on x86_64, you will need to erase the i386 versions of these packages by hand, like so:
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If you get an error (e.g. {{code|/dev/sda does not have any corresponding BIOS drive}}) from that, then try {{command|/usr/sbin/grub2-install --recheck BOOTDEVICE}}).
  
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It might also be necessary to update the grub config file:
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
yum erase kde{accessibility{,-devel},base,edu,graphics,multimedia{,-extras},network,sdk,utils{,-devel},webdev}.i386
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cp --backup=numbered -a /boot/grub2/grub.cfg{,.bak} # create backup copy
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/usr/sbin/grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg # update config file
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
* Various other packages including Beryl are no longer in F8 and not obsoleted:
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=== 7. Cleanup your system ===
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Again, cleanup your system as described in section 2. Also you might want to remove some cache files that are no longer used, for example files from older Fedora releases in the following directories:
  
<pre>
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* <nowiki>/var/cache/dnf</nowiki>
yum erase beryl\*
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* <nowiki>/var/cache/mock</nowiki>
</pre>
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* <nowiki>/var/lib/mock</nowiki>
  
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== Release specific notes ==
  
=== Fedora Core 6 -> Fedora 7 ===
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Note: the release-specific notes for [[End of life]] releases are on the [[Upgrading from EOL Fedora using package manager|EOL packager manager upgrade page]].
  
* Fedora 7 replaces the old IDE subsystem with libata. Drive device names which previously started /dev/hd.. will become /dev/sd.. after the upgrade. /dev/hda1 will usually become /dev/sda1, although there may not be a direct relationship between the old and new device names (for example hdd does not necessarily become sdd). Before you reboot be sure to change all references to /dev/hd.. in your config, especially /etc/fstab - where it however may be simpler to refer to filesystems by label (check out the programs blkid, tune2fs, and mlabel). LVM Volume names are not affected. In /boot/grub/device.map change /dev/hd.. to /dev/sd.. before running grub-install - and don't change (hd0). Changing /boot/grub/grub.conf may also be required.
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=== From pre-release ===
  
* The libata layer represents all hard disks as SCSI disks, which are limited to 15 partitions in the kernel. IDE hard disks with more than 15 partitions are not supported in Fedora 7.
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If you are upgrading to a final release from an Alpha, Beta, or release candidate, please see [[Upgrading from pre-release to final]].
  
* On a system which has been upgraded from releases prior to FC6 you may need to remove up2date and rhnlib <code>rpm -e rhnlib up2date</code>
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{{Anchor|Rawhide}}
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=== To Rawhide ===
  
* If you see the message <code>package gpm-1.20.1-84.fc6 (which is newer than gpm-1.20.1-83.fc7) is already installed</code> when performing a <code>yum update</code> uninstall and reinstall the gpm package.
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{{admon/warning|Rawhide is a development release for Advanced users|Rawhide is the development branch of Fedora}}
  
* If you had installed Suns jre it might be removed during upgrade. Be aware that <code>jre-6u1</code>/<code>jre-1.6.0_01-fcs</code> requires <code>compat-libstdc++-33</code>.
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See the [[Releases/Rawhide|Rawhide]] release page for more information on Rawhide.  
  
* If you get <code>Error: Missing Dependency: python(abi) = 2.4 is needed by package libxml2-python</code> and/or <code>Error: Missing Dependency: python(abi) = 2.4 is needed by package rpm-python</code> during your <code>yum upgrade</code> ensure you have done a <code>yum clean all</code> and check that both the <code>base</code> and <code>updates</code> repositories are available from your mirror. You will need the <code>updates</code> repo for the upgrade to succeed.
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<pre>
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# dnf upgrade
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# dnf install dnf-plugins-core fedora-repos-rawhide
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# dnf config-manager --set-disabled fedora updates updates-testing
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# dnf config-manager --set-enabled rawhide
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# dnf clean -q dbcache packages metadata
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# Go to https://getfedora.org/en/security/ and find the key for the current rawhide version, download and 'rpm --import key.asc'
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# dnf --releasever=rawhide --setopt=deltarpm=false distro-sync
  
=== Fedora Core 5 -> Fedora Core 6 ===
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## Optional: it is generally advised to do a selinux autorelabel and reboot
 
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# touch /.autorelabel
* After upgrading, you cannot use the DVD ISO loopback mounted as a repository directly (e.g. no <code>baseurl=file:///mnt/fc6/</code>) because the repodata files contain URLs of type <code>media://</code>  which yum can't handle.  You can use the loopback-mounted DVD for the initial upgrade from FC5 -> FC6, just not thereafter.  After removing the <code>baseurl=file:///</code> option from your <code>fedora-core.repo</code> file, remember to <code>yum clean all</code>.
 
 
 
=== Fedora Core 4 -> Fedora Core 5 ===
 
 
 
* Before upgrading update your kernel first.
 
 
 
* Make sure you have the latest kernel ABOVE 2.6.14 and uninstall all kernel versions before it, otherwise initscripts and a few other packages will conflict and prevent the ugprade. Use something like the command below
 
 
 
* Install <code>fedora-release</code> in the Fedora Core 5 version. Check our [http://fedora.redhat.com/Download/mirrors.html mirror sites]  for a faster download.
 
 
 
* Update your system
 
 
 
* After upgrading, selinux permissions may be incorrect, causing interesting failures such as metacity not starting. As suggested below, to fix this, run
 
 
 
=== Fedora Core 3 -> Fedora Core 4 ===
 
 
 
* make sure you're on the latest version of yum for FC3:
 
<code> yum update yum </code>
 
* Download fedora-release for FC4:
 
* wget http://yourmirrorhere/pub/fedora/linux/core/4/$yourarch/os/Fedora/RPMS/fedora-release-4-2.noarch.rpm
 
* <code>rpm -Uvh /path/to/fedora-release-4-2.noarch.rpm</code>
 
* yum update ( This will start the upgradation process to FC4)
 
* Once you have updated, run: <code>yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment"</code> (change GNOME to KDE if appropriate). That'll get you some new packages that were added in FC4 like Evince and NetworkManager.
 
* Some new groups were added - <code> yum grouplist </code> - check out Eclipse and Java Development in particular.
 
 
 
Problems:
 
 
 
* Postgres database in FC4 has a newer incompatible format from the previous versions. Manual dump and restoration is required if you using this database. Look at the postgres documentation for more details on this.
 
 
 
* kernel requires kernel-utils (or vice-versa) run:
 
<pre>
 
yum update kernel
 
reboot
 
yum remove kernel-2.6.11\*FC3\*
 
yum upgrade
 
reboot
 
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
* Takes forever and a day and hangs at:
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{{Anchor|30-31}}
<code> Reading repository metadata in from local files </code>
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This means you have too much crap in your rpmdb and it's taking a while to go through it. Check out how many kernels you have installed: rpm -q kernel kernel-smp and remove the old ones you may also try running: rpm --rebuilddb and see if it helps any. I've found that removing old kernels and rebuilding the rpmdb helped this problem.
 
  
* x86_64 upgrade requires removal of certain i386 packages before update
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=== Fedora 31 ===
<pre>
 
yum remove perl.i386
 
TODO: Add list of bonobo i386 packages to remove here
 
</pre>
 
* Error: Missing Dependency: libpython2.3.so.1.0 is needed by package koffice
 
koffice was removed from Fedora Core and not moved to extras - so there's no way to complete an upgrade to FC4
 
without removing it. run:
 
<pre>
 
yum remove koffice
 
</pre>
 
then your update should complete.
 
  
* x86_64 systems seems to hang during "Running Transaction Test"
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Before running
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<pre>dnf distro-sync</pre>
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you must run
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<pre>dnf module reset libgit2 exa bat</pre>
  
Seems related to [https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=155730 Bug 155730] -- Maybe a update to the "rpm-4.3.3-3.0.fc3" (currently in updates-testing) might solve this. Ugly workaround (to be done as root):
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See [https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1747408 Bug 1747408]
<pre>
 
: > /var/log/lastlog
 
</pre>
 
  
* GPG check fails with this message :
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<pre>
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warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID db42a60e
 
public key not available for <some_package>
 
Retrieving GPG key from file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora
 
  
The GPG key at file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora (0x4F2A6FD2)
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=== Fedora 30 ===
is already installed but is not the correct key for this package.
 
Check that this is the correct key for the "Fedora Core 4 - i386 - Base" repository.
 
</pre>
 
Edit /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo and replace the line
 
<pre>
 
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora
 
</pre>
 
with:
 
<pre>
 
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY
 
</pre>
 
  
* SELinux gets messed up. I had to redownload the selinux-policy-targeted RPM from my mirror, do a forced uninstall of the old package, clean out the .rpmnew and .rpmsave files then install the new policy. Then I had to run "/sbin/fixfiles relabel" and wait. If I didn't do that, I found I couldn't log in.
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No special instructions. Follow the above instructions.
* If SELinux does give you problems, it can be disabled on bootup by pressing "a" on the grub bootup menu, then adding "enforcing=off" to the arguments list.
 
  
* RPM complains about missing diskspace, but there is a lot free. If you are really sure your diskspace is enough, set
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<pre>
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diskspacecheck=0
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=== Fedora 29 ===
</code> in <code>/etc/yum.conf</code>.
 
The RPM transaction will need a lot of diskspace temporarily (much more than one might think), so be careful.
 
Don't forget to remove that later after the upgrade.
 
  
* Yum complains about files conflicting in the GCC package. This system was upgraded from Fedora Core 1.  Remove the gcc32 package:
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No special instructions. Follow the above instructions.
<pre>
 
sudo rpm -e gcc32
 
</pre>
 
  
* Some of your modules don't load after the upgrade.  When you investigate modprobe doesn't work as expected.  Run depmod:
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<pre>
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sudo depmod -ae -F /boot/System.map-[your <code>uname -a</code> kernel version here]
 
</pre>
 
  
* Yum has been reported to be hanging after upgrading. Updating the pysqlite package might fix it.
 
  
=== Fedora Core 2 -> Fedora Core 3 ===
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=== Upgrading from legacy end of life (EOL) Fedora releases ===
  
Go here for most of this info:
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Note that Fedora strongly recommends against ever running an end-of-life release on any production system, or any system connected to the public internet, in any circumstances. You should never allow a production Fedora deployment to reach end-of-life in the first place.
http://linux.duke.edu/~skvidal/misc/fc2-fc3-update-with-yum.txt
 
  
=== Fedora Core 1 -> Fedora Core 2 ===
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With that in mind, if you do have an end-of-life release installed on a system you cannot just discard or re-deploy, you can attempt to upgrade it, though this is a less-tested and less-supported operation.
  
Just Upgrade using anaconda - save yourself a world of pain. But if you really want to try, there's these hints by Seth Vidal: http://linux.duke.edu/~skvidal/misc/fc1-fc2-yum-hints.txt
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For detailed instructions on upgrades from EOL releases, please read [[Upgrading from EOL Fedora using package manager]].
  
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Latest revision as of 07:40, 23 September 2019

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This page is refers to unofficial method of upgrading. Refer to Upgrading page on the current official methods to upgrade Fedora.

This page contains information explaining how to upgrade Fedora online using dnf (without the DNF system upgrade plugin).

Upgrading Fedora using dnf directly

Participate

If you are upgrading using Dnf and it shows any general dependency issues, please file them in Bugzilla. But please read this page, all references pages and search the mailing list archives before filing bugs. And of course, please help keep this page updated.

If you want to help make live upgrades work smoothly, join the Live Upgrade Special Interest Group.

Upgrading across multiple releases

If you need to upgrade across several releases, it is generally recommended to go one release at a time: for example, rather than going directly from Fedora 31 to Fedora 33, first go to Fedora 32 and then from there to Fedora 33. This tends to reduce the number of package dependency issues you may encounter. If you are upgrading from an End of life release, please also see the end-of-life section.

Instructions to upgrade using dnf

1. Backup your system

Backup any personal data to an external hard drive or to another machine. If there is some unrecoverable error that requires a fresh install, you don't want to lose any data.

2. Read about common problems

Further down in this page there is a list of common problems specific to dnf upgrades for specific versions. Some of them require attention before the upgrade.

General advice on upgrading Fedora can be found on the Upgrading page. You should also read the Installation Guide and Release Notes for the version you plan to upgrade to - they contain important information regarding upgrading issues. Finally, check the list of Common bugs.

3. Clean Stuff

Review and remove all .rpmsave and .rpmnew files before and after upgrading. (And if you have selinux enabled then remember to check security context if you move config files around.)

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Find unused config files
Merge and resolve the changes found by the following script: dnf install rpmconf; rpmconf -a Now find and remove old config which nobody owns: rpmconf -c

Now is a good time to remove packages you don't use - especially non-standard packages.

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Find and review "unused" packages
You can find packages not required by other packages with the tool package-cleanup from the yum-utils package: dnf install yum-utils; package-cleanup --leaves. These packages could be candidates for removal, but check to see whether you use them directly or if they are used by applications not backed by rpm packages. Remove them with dnf remove package-name-and-version.
Another useful tool for cleaning up unused packages is rpmreaper. It's an ncurses application that lets you view rpm dependency graph and mark packages for deletion. Marking one package can make other packages leaf, which you can see immediately, so you don't have to run the tool several times to get rid of whole sub-tree of unused packages. Install with: dnf install rpmreaper.
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Find and review "lost" packages
You can find orphaned packages (ie packages not in the repositories anymore) with: package-cleanup --orphans. This will also show packages which have been partially uninstalled but where the "%postun" script failed.

4. Do the upgrade

If you have 3rd party repositories configured, you may need to adjust them for the new Fedora version. If you switch from one Fedora release to another there is often nothing that needs to be done. If you switch to Rawhide from a standard Fedora release (or vice versa) then most of the time you will need to install the Rawhide release RPMs from the 3rd party repository as well (or the standard ones, if switching back).

Note that the upgrade is likely to fail if there are outdated dependencies from packages not backed by a dnf repository or backed by a repository which isn't ready for the new version.

It is a good idea to do the upgrade outside the graphical environment. Log out of your graphical desktop and then

fedora-upgrade

A small script named fedora-upgrade is available which aims to automate the process outlined below. To run it, do the following

$ sudo dnf install fedora-upgrade 
$ sudo fedora-upgrade

When performing upgrade via remote shell, it is good idea to use screen or tmux utility to be able to get back to running transaction in case your connection drops.

Alternatively, follow the manual steps:

Go to a text console

ctrl + alt + F2

(or)

log in as root, and go into multi-user.target

systemctl isolate multi-user.target

Fully update your current Fedora install

# dnf upgrade

Install the package signing key for the release you are upgrading to

If you are upgrading across two releases or fewer from Fedora 20 or later, this step should be unnecessary. If you are upgrading from an older Fedora or upgrading across three or more releases, you may need to import the signing key for the target release.

If it turns out not to be, you should be able to import keys like so:

 # rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-23-x86_64

, replacing "23" and "x86_64" with the new Fedora version and your architecture, respectively.

You can also find package signing keys for currently-supported releases here. Keys for EOL releases can be found here. Click Primary (or Secondary, if you are using a secondary architecture), and you will see Get it from: Fedora Project, where Fedora Project is a link. Copy that URL, and run:

 # rpm --import (url)

to install the key. On old releases, rpm may have trouble doing this; if that happens, download the file with curl -o or wget and import the downloaded file.

Clean the cache

Then remove all traces of the version you are leaving from the dnf cache in /var/cache/dnf.

# dnf clean all

Upgrade all packages

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Never upgrade on battery power
Never run the upgrade operation on battery power! Always connect to the mains, if using a laptop. However, if your system does have a battery, it's a good idea to ensure it's charged and connected in case of a power outage during the upgrade.
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Do not interrupt an upgrade for any reason
Once a live upgrade is started, do not stop the upgrade by rebooting, killing the process, or by any other method until it is complete. Interrupting an upgrade will cause the affected system to be in a mixed state -- partially the old release and partially the new release. In this state, the system will not be reliable and will not operate as expected. You can try running dnf distro-sync and package-cleanup --problems to try and fix the problems.

Run the upgrade command:

# dnf --releasever=<target_release_number> --setopt=deltarpm=false distro-sync
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Dependency issues
If you experience any dependency problems, you have to solve them manually. These are often caused by packages being retired in the newer release, but not properly obsoleted. Often it is enough to remove several problematic package(s).

You may find that a package you care about depends on a package that must be removed for the upgrade to proceed. Usually you will be able to reinstall the important package once the upgrade is complete.

If it seems like you must remove a package with many dependencies, especially ones that look important, please be careful. If you are attempting to upgrade across multiple releases, try a smaller jump to see if that avoids the problem.

If you are at all unsure in any way, ask for help on a mailing list, forum or IRC before removing packages.

5. Make sure Fedora is upgraded

Distro-sync will usually take care of upgrades for the third party repositories you have enabled as well. Confirm with dnf repolist after the upgrade process is over. dnf might complain about conflicts or requirements. That is probably because you have used non-standard repositories or installed non-standard packages manually. Try to guess which packages cause the problem (or at least is a part of the dependency chain) - uninstall them and try again. Remember to install the packages again if they are essential.

Ensure that all (new) essential packages from the new version are installed with

# dnf groupupdate 'Minimal Install'

You might want to update other groups too, see

# dnf grouplist

For example

# dnf groupupdate "GNOME Desktop" \
    "Development Tools" "Sound and Video" \
    "Games and Entertainment" "Administration Tools" \
    "Office/Productivity" "System Tools"

6. Preparing for reboot

Before booting you should usually install the bootloader from your new grub by running

/usr/sbin/grub2-install BOOTDEVICE

- where BOOTDEVICE is often /dev/sda, or /dev/vda for some virtual machine installs. If you have more than one hard disk, make sure you use the correct device!

If you get an error (e.g. /dev/sda does not have any corresponding BIOS drive) from that, then try /usr/sbin/grub2-install --recheck BOOTDEVICE).

It might also be necessary to update the grub config file:

cp --backup=numbered -a /boot/grub2/grub.cfg{,.bak} # create backup copy
/usr/sbin/grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg # update config file

7. Cleanup your system

Again, cleanup your system as described in section 2. Also you might want to remove some cache files that are no longer used, for example files from older Fedora releases in the following directories:

  • /var/cache/dnf
  • /var/cache/mock
  • /var/lib/mock

Release specific notes

Note: the release-specific notes for End of life releases are on the EOL packager manager upgrade page.

From pre-release

If you are upgrading to a final release from an Alpha, Beta, or release candidate, please see Upgrading from pre-release to final.

To Rawhide

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Rawhide is a development release for Advanced users
Rawhide is the development branch of Fedora

See the Rawhide release page for more information on Rawhide.

# dnf upgrade
# dnf install dnf-plugins-core fedora-repos-rawhide
# dnf config-manager --set-disabled fedora updates updates-testing
# dnf config-manager --set-enabled rawhide
# dnf clean -q dbcache packages metadata
# Go to https://getfedora.org/en/security/ and find the key for the current rawhide version, download and 'rpm --import key.asc'
# dnf --releasever=rawhide --setopt=deltarpm=false distro-sync

## Optional: it is generally advised to do a selinux autorelabel and reboot
# touch /.autorelabel

Fedora 31

Before running

dnf distro-sync

you must run

dnf module reset libgit2 exa bat

See Bug 1747408

Fedora 30

No special instructions. Follow the above instructions.

Fedora 29

No special instructions. Follow the above instructions.


Upgrading from legacy end of life (EOL) Fedora releases

Note that Fedora strongly recommends against ever running an end-of-life release on any production system, or any system connected to the public internet, in any circumstances. You should never allow a production Fedora deployment to reach end-of-life in the first place.

With that in mind, if you do have an end-of-life release installed on a system you cannot just discard or re-deploy, you can attempt to upgrade it, though this is a less-tested and less-supported operation.

For detailed instructions on upgrades from EOL releases, please read Upgrading from EOL Fedora using package manager.