29 July 2013

How To Upgrade From Fedora 18 To Fedora 19 With FedUp (Desktop & Server)



How you can upgrade your Fedora 18 system to Fedora 19 with the help of the Fedora Updater (FedUp). The upgrade procedure works for both desktop and server installations.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

1 Preliminary Note

The commands in this article must be executed with root privileges. Open a terminal and log in as root, or if you log in with a regular user, type

su

to become root.

Please make sure that the system that you want to upgrade has more than 600 MB of RAM - otherwise the system might hang when it tries to reboot with the following message (leaving you with an unusable system):

Trying to unpack rootfs image as initramfs...

2 Upgrading To Fedora 19 (Desktop & Server)

First we must upgrade the rpm package:

yum update rpm 

Then we install the latest updates:

yum -y update

Next we clean the yum cache:

yum clean all
 
If you notice that a new kernel got installed during yum -y update, you should reboot the system now:
reboot 

(After the reboot, log in as root again, either directly or with the help of

su

)

Now we come to the upgrade process. We can do this with FedUp (short for Fedora Updater; FedUp replaces preupgrade which is now deprecated).

Install FedUp...

yum install fedup 

... and call it like this:

fedup-cli --network 19

Afterwards the system is being prepared for the upgrade. Afterwards, you will be asked to reboot the system:

reboot 

From the boot menu, select System Upgrade (fedup)

During the reboot, the upgrade is being performed. This can take quite a long time, so please be patient.

Afterwards, you can log into your new Fedora 19 system.

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