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Patching and Making Updates to Fedora Linux

Making Updates to Fedora Linux

The Fedora patching process is almost identical to that of Ubuntu, barring subtle changes in look and feel. Like Ubuntu, Fedora also detects any patches automatically (-assuming the PC in question is connected to the internet) and lists which should be applied to your PC (-should you accept them).

To open the "Software Update" application, do the following:

  • Press the "Option" button (-this is the button with the Windows logo on it) or click on "Activities" in the top left of the Fedora GUI

  • Click on the "Applications" link, to display all the available programs installed

  • Click on the "System Tools" category, to narrow the display down to the available system admin tools

  • Finally, double click on the "Software Update" icon:

Fedora Software Update Icon

The Software Update window will display:

Fedora Software Update Icon

This window lists the patches that Linux has detected for all the software installed on your system : this includes patches to applications as well as the O/S itself.

Linux versions, such as Fedora, normally detect patches automatically .. and let you know which should be applied to your PC

If you click on each update listed in the top part of the window, the bottom half will give you details of the patch to be applied and which software it is for. You can then choose to apply (-the default) or discard the update by checking or unchecking the tick box next to each patch in the top half of the screen.

Once you are happy with the patches to install, click “Install Updates”; if you wish to defer the updates until a later date, click “Quit” instead

If you choose to install the patches, a new dialogue will open up showing you the progress:

Ubuntu Updates

Normally, it is not necessary to shut down all your applications before updating.

Normally, it is not necessary to shut down all your applications before updating

Once all your selected patches have been applied, the dialogue box will close and return you to the original Update Manager dialogue, which should now show only those patches that you chose not to apply (-in the example below, all recommended patches have been applied):


Configuring Automatic Updates to Fedora

Fedora allows you to configure how often patches are checked for - and if you want to be prompted for them or just have them automatically installed - via the "Software Updates Preferences" dialogue. This can be invoked by doing the following:

  • Press the "Option" button (-this is the button with the Windows logo on it) or click on "Activities" in the top left of the Fedora GUI

  • Click on the "Applications" link, to display all the available programs installed

  • Type "upd" in the search box to narrow down the applications shown

  • Finally, double click on the "Software Updates" icon:

Ubuntu Updates

A dialogue box will open up with two tabs, the most important of which is the default (Update Settings):

Ubuntu Updates

Here, you can configure the frequency and type of updates that you want to be applied to your system. The "Software Sources" tab also allows you to specify which patch repositories should be checked for updates. When you have made any changes, either click "Check Now" to search for patches or "Close" to quit the dialogue.


Problems Updating Fedora Linux

When running the "Software Update" under Fedora 15, you may come across the following error:

An unspecified transaction error has occurred. More information is available in the detailed report

Fedora Updates

If you expand the "More details" link you will see something like:

Could not add package update for fedora-release-rawhide-15-3(noarch)updates: fedora-release-rawhide-15-3.noarch

This appears to be due to an errant module (fedora-release-rawhide-15-3.noarch). The solution is simply to uncheck the offending module so that it is not applied and the error will go away:

Fedora Updates


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