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Old 10th January 2004, 10:53 AM
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Solution for slow up2date speeds (Answered)

For those people who are having serious speed issues with up2date all you need to do is change your up2date sources file and add it a local mirror.

In your the /etc/sysconfig/rhn/sources file you may have the following line:

yum updates-released http://fedora.redhat.com/updates/released/fedora-core-1

Which if you open in a browser actually goes to:


So all you have to do is find a local mirror from here:


And then modify the /etc/sysconfig/rhn/sources file to add your local repository. To add a UK mirror listed as : http://www.mirror.ac.uk/sites/download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/

Navigate the mirror in your browser and use the full URL which points to the i386 directory otherwise it isn't going to work. So the fhe etc/sysconfig/rhn/sources should now have the following entry:

yum updates-uk-release http://www.mirror.ac.uk/sites/download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/updates/1/i386/

That should all be on one line.

If you comment out your old updates-released mirror, you should no longer have any speed issues with up2date.

Hope this helps,

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Old 14th January 2004, 11:30 PM
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up2date works again!

Thank you very much for the hint! up2date works perfectly now. I almost got used to the debian 'atp-get' updating style ;-)
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Old 17th January 2004, 07:25 PM
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Glad to help.
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Old 25th February 2004, 05:56 AM
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Just to let everybody know, you can also see an answer to this question in the FAQ:


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Old 25th February 2004, 06:31 PM
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Happy with synaptic

I have been using apt-get with the graphical front-end synaptic for a while. I find it stable, up-to-date and instructive, as you can get detailed descriptions on all available and installed packages.

Are there any drawbacks when using apt-get? Happy to hear of your experiences!
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Old 29th February 2004, 04:30 PM
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what duke has to say about apt

I prefer it over yum or up2date myself too.

btw. some up2date mirrors are badly out of sync. like kernel.org's
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Old 14th March 2004, 01:19 AM
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I've used apt, and I like it. I think that the reason that I use yum now is that it's what ships with Fedora, and I'm trying to support it so that it will improve. I know that skvidal is working on making it a lot better. In particular, he's working on making the metadata (the headers that you have to download) work a lot better. It probably won't be in Fedora Core 2, but it might make it into FC3.

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Old 7th May 2005, 09:00 AM
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Takasho... you must be The One
Now, using a mirror from my country, I can fully update my system just in 5-10 minutes..

Thanks a lot!

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