Rock/4.3 users get ready for 5.0


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You will find that backup your data and doing a fresh install will result in more quicker and less troublesome outcome than to try distribution (system) upgrade (distro-sync or dsync) and spend ages to fix what can go wrong, not speaking of leftovers and every sort of junk that may got collected over the time. And having to do a fresh install anyway.

Note: 5.0 isn’t out yet, but it’s getting very close.

OK, before we have a plethora of users trying to upgrade from Rock 4.3 to 5.0, I wanted to try and help users, especially less technically savvy users, try to avoid problems.

  1. The best suggestion for upgrading is do not do this, do a fresh installation; this is better in to many ways to list here. Back up your most important data and do a fresh install.

  2. In light of this, start figuring out how to save all the data you want to keep now, rather than the day you try to install or update your system. I advocate that users create a separate partition to store important data separate from the installed system (this can be done during installation). If you don’t know how to do this, we can help. The technical way of saying this is “don’t store important files on any system partition.” The user can also create a separate /home partition during installation, and on future installations you format your / (root) but do not format your /home, thus preserving any data stored in /home.

  3. If you choose to upgrade rather than do a fresh install, remember that when we tested this, we tested on systems installed from the 4.3 installation media without changes. Users who have configured a lot of things or installed a lot of third-party software need to be aware that we have no way to test user changes on their systems. And yes, this tends to be a source of problems when users, especially non-technical ones, try to do a system upgrade.

  4. If you decide to do it anyway, here are some tips.

    A. Disable any third-party repositories.
    B. Disable any unsupported, restricted, or non-free repositories.
    C. Doing this with dnfdragora or Discover will not work.
    D. Doing this with sudo dnf upgrade in the terminal (Konsole) will not work.

  5. What will work then @ben79???

    A. First, make sure your 4.3 system is up to date.

    B. There are complete instructions for upgrading Rock/4.3 to Rock/5.0 here.

And by all means, ask questions if you have them.

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Original post updated 2023-10-15T05:00:00Z

There are complete instructions for upgrading Rock/4.3 to Rock/5.0 here.

Perhap the most important point to make is that these 5 packages must be upgraded to the version shown before you run sudo dsync --allowerasing.


You can easily check with the command rpm -qa | grep 6.4-0.

But also very important is that at the end of this process one needs to run:

$ sudo grub2-install /dev/sdx

Where you change /dev/sdx to the location you normally install your boot-loader. For example /dev/sda or /dev/nvme0n1.

Or you may experience a broken boot-loader. Instructions to fix broken boot-loader.

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