For those interested, I finally finished a
yum -y update
of a FC2 X86_64 ( custom installl, install everything ) on Aug 23,2004
It took several nights of starting and restarting my modem connection to finish this. The download seems to stall periodically.
There were 5594494 bytes of headers and 289613693 bytes of packages.
copied /var/cache/yum/updates-released/headers and /var/cache/yum/updates-released/packages to a cd and put them on a twin machine. Then I, after connecting to the isp via kpp, I ran yum -y update on it and things went very fast. It took only a few minutes. I emailed cheapbytes and suggested that they sell a cd of the updates.
Whatever the problems of downloading, I must say that yum works very gracefully to start from where it was interrupted and you hardly lose anything by disconnecting and reconnectiing (if you don't clean the yum cache directory).