Make Upgrading Your Fedora System Easier with PreUpgrade

Keeping with their six-month release cycle, Fedora 13 – codename Goddard – was released on Tuesday.

Upgrading your Fedora installs can be a time-consuming process if you’re using the downloaded DVD.  Reinstalling can also take time considering you will need to backup and restore your system.

PreUpgrade is a utility that simplifies the Fedora upgrade process by only downloading the upgrades that apply to your specific system.  PreUpgrade can be installed and used on any system running Fedora 8 and after.

Important Note: Using PreUpgrade to upgrade multi-boot systems can cause problems and prevent the update from initializing.  The Fedora Wiki provides some information for using PreUpgrade on multi-boot systems.

Upgrading Fedora with PreUpgrade is outlined below.  Make sure that your system is connected to a wired network connection for best results.

Step 1: Ensure all current updates are installed with the following terminal command

sudo yum update

Step 2: Install the PreUpgrade package.

sudo yum install preupgrade

Step 3: Run PreUpgrade to start the upgrade process

sudo preupgrade

If you’re upgrading remotely via Secure Shell, then you can start PreUpgrade with the following command.


Step 4: Follow the on-screen instructions to begin the upgrade.

If you are presented with an error message saying that “the installer image could not be downloaded due to lack of space on /boot”, click continue if you’re connected to a wired connection and the installer image will be downloaded upon restart.  You may need to consult the Fedora Wiki for more information on clearing space in your /boot partition.

That’s it!  The necessary upgrades will be downloaded and installed.  The amount of time this takes will vary depending on your internet connection speed.

Published by Dustin Patterson

Dustin Patterson is the co-founder and editor of Techerator and holds an Industrial Technology degree emphasizing in Electronics and Control Systems from the University of North Dakota. He enjoys technology, music, coffee, and all types of desserts.