Fedora 14 was released two weeks ago. I normally wait a day or two to install to let the mirrors cool down, but that put the target date right before I left for the LISA conference. Like any good sysadmin, I’m sufficiently paranoid to not upgrade systems right before I leave, even if said system is only my own desktop. So now that I’m back, I decided today was a good day to upgrade my home desktop.
As in the past, the recommended method was not for me — I opted to go with the Yum-based upgrade. For Fedora 14, there’s a new feature that significantly reduces the amount of effort involved in live upgrades. Using the –releasever argument and distro-sync command, it’s now possible to upgrade without having to manually install the updated version RPMs. As Chris Siebenmann wrote, it can also be used to downgrade components.
I started the process doing what the instructions said, but as always it didn’t go quite perfectly. After a little while, I noticed that yum was in an infinite loop of upgrades.
--> Running transaction check --> Processing Dependency: texlive = 2007-51.fc13 for package: texlive-utils-2007-51.fc13.x86_64 --> Processing Dependency: texlive-dvips = 2007-51.fc13 for package: texlive-utils-2007-51.fc13.x86_6 ---> Package xorg-x11-drv-nvidia.x86_64 1:260.19.12-1.fc13 set to be erased ---> Package xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.x86_64 1:260.19.12-1.fc13 set to be erased --> Processing Dependency: /usr/bin/dvips for package: openoffice.org-ooolatex-4.0.0-0.7.beta2.fc12.1.noarch --> Processing Dependency: /usr/bin/texconfig-sys for package: linuxdoc-tools-0.9.66-5.fc13.x86_64 --> Finished Dependency Resolution
I noticed that it seemed to be related to either the nvidia drivers or the LaTeX package, so I opted to remove the drivers first:
yum remove xorg-x11-drv-nvidia
That made the loop a bit shorter, but it didn’t quite fix it, so I removed the LaTeX package:
yum remove `rpm -q --whatprovides /usr/bin/latex`
Then yum reported there were a few broken packages it couldn’t fix, so I removed them, too:
yum remove VirtualBox-3.1 perl-MythTV system-config-display python-MythTV
Finally, the upgrade was on its way. When it finished and grub was installed, I rebooted into a nice, shiny Fedora 14 install. (Note: to re-install VirtualBox, you’ll need to install the VirtualBox-3.2 package.)