Fedor31, cannot install updates, system still thinks it is Fedora 29 which is not supportrd

A few days ago I went through the network based update process to upgrade my Asus laptop from Fedora 29 to Fedora 31.

However when I am notified of pending updates and clickk on install button I am informed that Fedora 29 is no longer supported.

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That generally indicates that the update did not complete successfully. Did you observe any errors during the process?

Can you please paste the output of these commands:

$ cat /etc/os-release

$ rpm -qa \*release\*

$ sudo dnf repolist

Thankyou Francisco

Commands and output below:-

[Carl@localhost ~]$ cat /etc/os-release
VERSION="29 (Workstation Edition)"
PRETTY_NAME="Fedora 29 (Workstation Edition)"
VARIANT="Workstation Edition"

[Carl@localhost ~]$ rpm -qa \*release\*

[Carl@localhost ~]$ 
[Carl@localhost ~]$ sudo dnf repolist
[sudo] password for Carl: 
Sorry, try again.
[sudo] password for Carl: 
Fedora Modular 29 - x86_64                                                                9.8 kB/s | 6.1 kB     00:00    
Fedora Modular 29 - x86_64 - Updates                                                      8.6 kB/s | 6.0 kB     00:00    
Fedora 29 - x86_64 - Updates                                                               10 kB/s | 6.1 kB     00:00    
Fedora 29 - x86_64                                                                        8.3 kB/s | 6.2 kB     00:00    
google-chrome                                                                             6.6 kB/s | 1.3 kB     00:00    
RPM Fusion for Fedora 29 - Free - Updates                                                 6.0 kB/s |  14 kB     00:02    
RPM Fusion for Fedora 29 - Free                                                           9.0 kB/s |  15 kB     00:01    
RPM Fusion for Fedora 29 - Nonfree - Updates                                              8.5 kB/s |  14 kB     00:01    
RPM Fusion for Fedora 29 - Nonfree                                                         12 kB/s |  15 kB     00:01    
repo id                                         repo name                                                           status
fedora                                          Fedora 29 - x86_64                                                  58,200
fedora-modular                                  Fedora Modular 29 - x86_64                                               3
google-chrome                                   google-chrome                                                            3
rpmfusion-free                                  RPM Fusion for Fedora 29 - Free                                        596
rpmfusion-free-updates                          RPM Fusion for Fedora 29 - Free - Updates                              316
rpmfusion-nonfree                               RPM Fusion for Fedora 29 - Nonfree                                     228
rpmfusion-nonfree-updates                       RPM Fusion for Fedora 29 - Nonfree - Updates                            77
updates                                         Fedora 29 - x86_64 - Updates                                        22,074
updates-modular                                 Fedora Modular 29 - x86_64 - Updates                                    28

I did not observe any error messages but since I do not watch boiling pots, grass growing and long running computer updates not surprising.

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Well as you see from the output, your upgrade did not go through correctly. Everything on your system suggests that it’s still running a Fedora 29 system.

What about the general packages, are they still Fedora 29? This will provide us with a count. Remove the wc -l at the end to see the list:

$ rpm -qa | grep fc29 | wc -l

$ rpm -qa | grep fc31 | wc -l

Yep, plenty of fc29 packages none for fc30 or fc31

[Carl@localhost ~]$ rpm -qa | grep fc31 | wc -l
[Carl@localhost ~]$ rpm -qa | grep fc30 | wc -l
[Carl@localhost ~]$ rpm -qa | grep fc29 | wc -l

Looks like unlike pots and grass, Linux installs and upgrades need watching.

Next time I will read the upgrade documentation before attempting and will sit and watch.

Thanks Francisco, your help is very useful. Regards The Evil One.

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Francisco,How do I mark your reply #4 as solution?

Much thanks.


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Hrm, that indicates the upgrade failed :thinking:

Perhaps try again. Are these the steps you followed? Your downloaded bits should still be cached hopefully:


If you click on the three dots below the post, it’ll show you additional options. A tick mark should be there (maybe you need enough experience points on the forum to do this, though. Take a look at the introductory post in the #start-here category to learn more about how Discourse works).

I finally got around to doing a network upgrade to Fedora31. In order not to miss any signs of failure I watched the console messages appearing until after a couple of hours they stopped updating. After no messages for a considerable time I concluded that the upgrade had failed and I rebooted but the computer booted into Fedora 31 and I have been using it successfully for several weeks and gone through at least 2 update cycles so obviously the install worked but I am troubled by the lack of a message saying words to the effect, update successful".

Is this completion of update without a confirmation message normal? If not is there some program that can be run to check whether an install/upgrade is OK?

Iirc after a succesful upgrade the machine will reboot automatically. You can have a look at log files in /var/log/dnf*log.
To see what fedora version you are running try commands FranciscoD already mentioned earlier in this thread Fedor31, cannot install updates, system still thinks it is Fedora 29 which is not supportrd .

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