rpmconf – Tool to handle rpmsave and rpmnew files

Install the utility:

sudo yum install rpmconf


Description : This tool search for .rpmnew, .rpmsave and .rpmorig files and ask you what to do
: with them:
: Keep current version, place back old version, watch the diff or merge.

And finally run the utility:

sudo rpmconf -a

and if there is a conflict or rpmsave or rpmnew file, then you will see something like this:

Configuration file `/etc/default/grub’
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 354 Mar 16 22:49 /etc/default/grub.rpmsave
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 247 May 10 02:38 /etc/default/grub
==> Package distributor has shipped an updated version.
==> Maintainer forced upgrade. Your old version has been backed up.
What would you like to do about it ? Your options are:
Y or I : install (keep) the package maintainer‘s version
N or O : return back to your original file
D : show the differences between the versions
M : merge configuration files
Z : background this process to examine the situation
S : skip this file
The default action is to keep package maintainer’s version.
*** aliases (Y/I/N/O/D/Z/S) [default=Y] ?
Your choice:

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Upgrade to Fedora 17 from 16.

As usual time in couple of days to upgrade to Fedora 17. Release schedule is for 05/22 and so its just around the corner. So, if you are looking at upgrading using yum, then make sure that you visit this page.

There are some changes in latest version that will not allow you to upgrade without executing few commands manually and that page lists them. And if you are too brave and just want the steps and the command then here it is:

# sudo yum update dracut
# dracut --force --add convertfs
Change the following kernel commandline parameter directly in the bootloader menu, which is sh:own during bootup, or edit the line in /etc/grub*.cfg to remove ro and rhgb and append rw rd.in:fo rd.convertfs enforcing=0
# revert after reboot.
# dmesg | grep dracut
# yum --releasever=17 update rpm
# rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__*
# rpm --rebuilddb
# yum --releasever=17 --disableplugin=presto --skip-broken distro-sync
# fixfiles onboot
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Introducing /run – what is this directory doing in my root directory?

boot process with EFI on Intel Macs
Image via Wikipedia


There is a suggestion to add /run directory that will be mounted as tmpfs. This directory will be mounted early in the boot process and can be used in various scenario’s. I hope this will improve few things in the linux world.

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