If my current Fedora 31 install was an upgrade on an upgrade (F29->F30->F31) should I do a clean install for Fedora 32?

I am curious, and I know it’s a bunch of work (but hey, stuck at home, so why not?), but should I just do a clean install for Fedora 32?

Any input is appreciated.

-Heinrich

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That’s the normal path for most people as long as you know what you are doing during the upgrades. There is nothing wrong with doing F31->F32 as well. However, if you are noticing anormalies and there are loose ends here and there (i.e. things that take much time to troubleshoot), then you should do a fresh install.

If it is not too much stress … do a fresh install and enjoy a clean start.

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Just FYI, I have two Fedora systems with Gnome (desktop and laptop),with which I usuallly only do system-upgades upon new Fedora releases, no reinstalls. The desktop has been running since F24, the laptop since F25.
Both systems are running fine and fast, with no apparent issues at all.

Unless there are any issues after an upgrade that you can’t fix, I don’t see why a reinstall is required. I prefer to save all the time it takes to setup a new system (installation and configuration of all additional programs)…

After all, this is just my personal opinion - others may think different.

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I’m with Florian. My two oldest desktops are F18 (Jun 2103) and F22 (May 2015) - I’ve always upgraded them using the method recommended by Fedora at the time. They both work fine.

Since I’m so confident after so many years and so many upgrades that there’s going to be no problem, like Florian I don’t see the point of a reinstall - seems just more work for no gain. If you think you have problems with a system config file you’ve messed up, you can just run rpmconf (https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/quick-docs/dnf-system-upgrade/#sect-optional-post-upgrade-tasks).

If you’ve got mis-configuration in your user programs (that is, with the config files in the hidden subdirectories of your home), then a reinstall won’t help unless those hidden subdirectories get deleted too (by say backing up just your data and copying it back after a reinstall). But then you’ve lost ALL your user configs. Far better to troubleshoot any problems specifically. For these problems, a reinstall offers no advantages over an upgrade.

If you really want to do a reinstall, then that’s your choice. But don’t underestimate how much work will be involved in setting up all your configs again.

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I don’t think you should be afraid of a clean installation. I’ve upgraded to laptops from Fedora 31 to 32 beta with no problems. But I am going to do a clean installation on my main computer machine mainly because I am getting a new m. 2 SSD. I am not concerned about the work involved, I’ve reinstalled Fedora so many times since 2003 that it’s turned into about a 2-hour job…What with package managers and Firefox saved bookmarks and fast USB thumb drives. Fear it not.

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If you upgrade regularly, you do not need fresh installations. The only advantage I see in fresh installations is, that you really can start from scratch and limit the number of packages that you have installed. I like to try different applications out and my system grows bigger and bigger.

However, if you do a fresh install, copy and backup any config files you might need from /etc and also from your home .config, and so on.

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Same here. Been running Fedora since v25 on two Dell E6430 laptops, no issues. Although I do tend to wait three months or so after the official release so the majority of the bugs have been found by the early adopters :laughing: