Yumex to the rescue!

Yumex is a yum extender that provides a GUI for package management.

So why am I writing about it, well, read on…

I had written recently about my upgrading from Fedora Core 1 to Fedora Core 6, and one major, annoying issue I encountered was with the yum updates.

I encountered approximately 5 conflicts and about 2 dependency errors.  I believe it was with php-do and php and some elib libraries.  I know, I know.  You’re thinking, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” right?  Well, unfortunately, I can only take so much of that.

So, with the mission at hand, I started googling for fixes and finally found a thread about yumex.  I yum installed it, went into init 5 (I run init 3 by default), vnc‘ed into my box and run it.

After having used it, I strongly recommend you give it a try, especially if you have problems updating via a terminal window.

What yumex gives you is the freedom to update only certain packages via a click-and-process method; for example to fix my problem, I updated 15-20 packages at a time, continuously went through the list until I came across the offending package.  I then took care of problematic ones one-by-one.

Pretty cool, ey…All you need to complete this process is patience and a book.  =0)

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