Sunday, May 30, 2010

Upgrade Fedora 12 to Fedora 13 howto

A few simple steps to upgrade:

# As root you would like to have a clean start to the
# upgrade, so get an update out of the way.
#
$ yum update rpm

$ yum -y update

$ yum clean all

# Should a new kernel install/update require it,
# reboot before continuing with the rest.
#
# Then install the preupgrade package.
#
$ yum install preupgrade

# For console upgrade, use:
#
$ preupgrade-cli "Fedora 13 (Goddard)"

# If you like gui's to upgrade, use this.
#
$ preupgrade

This is exactly the same process as I previously described with Fedora 11 to Fedora 12 upgrade.

=============== Update ===================
There was a hitch on my laptop, some friends have asked about how to install when your boot partition is smaller than the Fedora 13 required 250 MB. I have been upgrading since Fedora 10 so have like 200 MB boot partition. Just try this:


# run preupgrade as normal, when it complains about not enough space just 
# continue, it will install the stage2 installer after the first reboot.
# When it asks to reboot, do that. It should continue to finish the installation
# when it restarts.

This solution is also to be found on the Fedora Project Wiki.