Fedora 24 Users: Don't Run "DNF Update" From The Desktop

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 4 October 2016 at 03:22 PM EDT. 46 Comments
Fedora 24 users are advised against currently updating your system using the common dnf update command when running GNOME, KDE, or any other graphical desktop. Due to an awkward bug being explored, it could leave your system in an unhappy state.

Fedora QA is currently figuring out a bug where some users running "dnf update" from their graphical desktop are being hit by issues ranging from duplicate packages to kernel updates not working. The current hypothesis is depending upon your hardware or package set, running this command might crash your graphical desktop and with that also crash your updating process, potentially leaving the system in a troubled state.

In the meantime, Adam Williamson on behalf of Fedora QA recommends either using the offline update system or running the DNF update command from a VT -- basically, anything but a graphical desktop. More details here.
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