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27 Apr 2007 Howto install Fedora Core 5 (FC5) from a USB stick

Download the Fedora disk image from a mirror:

# wget http://mirrors.dotsrc.org/fedora/5/i386/os/images/diskboot.img
Make sure that the USB device is unmounted:
# sudo umount /dev/sda1

Copy the img to the usb key device:

# dd if=diskboot.img of=/dev/sda

Reboot and then select a network based install by typing:

linux askmethod

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06 Feb 2007 rpm and yum stop working on Fedora Core 5

yum and rpm stop doing their magic because of corrupt files etc and no updates can be performed on the system. A simple, but maybe not recommended solution is to delete the files located in /var/lib/rpm

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root        0 Jan 22 10:10 __db.000
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    24576 Jan 19 17:12 __db.001
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  1318912 Jan 19 17:12 __db.002
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   450560 Jan 19 17:12 __db.003

This solution does most likely work in other rpm based distributions.

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