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Fedora Updates: Best Methods and Verification

asked 2017-02-14 14:06:33 -0500

sonsofliberty gravatar image

I'm new to Fedora. I installed v25 3 days ago I'm really impressed and wondering why I haven't jumped ship sooner. Today I received an updates notice on the frontend - a whole gaggle of stuff, including an exhaustive list of suspect system updates. Was there a big update released today? What is the best way to verify these updates? What is the most reliable, secure update method via command line to update? dnf update from root? Can I share this updates list here without proceeding with the update? Would this be in a log file? Thanks.

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log files for dnf are in /var/log/dnf...

FYI: you can always use a service like to upload a log file

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-02-15 09:11:00 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-02-14 21:36:52 -0500

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updated 2017-02-14 22:07:10 -0500

sudo dnf upgrade (or su -c 'dnf upgrade' if you prefer using root instead of sudo) is the best way to update your current Fedora release.

Don't use Gnome Software for updates - it may currently mess up the database if you plan to use dnf to install software (, which I recommend).

Gnome Software uses PackageKit (pkcon) as its back-end and does currently not use a shared/common transaction database with dnf. That's why I am recommending to stick with dnf, both for updates and installs of packages. If you feel the need, you can still use Gnome Software to lookup programs, though dnf is equally helpful in that sense (dnf search yoursearchterm, i.e. dnf search samba)

In Fedora, packages land in the official repo once they have been for a few days in the testing repo and people have awarded the package. So, there is actually never a major update release. Stuff lands in the repos as it gets published, approved and and pushed to the mirrors. If you are ready for the details, check out this wiki page

You may want to take a look at the following awesome web pages:

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1120 updates 2 days after installing the latest version was a surprise to me. BTW - Thank you!

sonsofliberty gravatar imagesonsofliberty ( 2017-02-14 22:25:19 -0500 )edit

That sounds ok. Yes, Fedora 25 is the latest version but it was released in Nov. 2016. It's not uncommon that 1120 packages (out of the 3x,000+ packages of a standard install (?)) received an update in the meantime. The best way to avoid such update marathons, is to use the netinstall image, which is a minimal image (non-Live capable) that downloads the most current version of each package required from Fedora's mirrors. Up-to-date immediately after install.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-02-14 22:47:32 -0500 )edit

Thanks again pal.

sonsofliberty gravatar imagesonsofliberty ( 2017-02-15 02:10:22 -0500 )edit

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