Decrease Fedora Update Time With yum-presto

fedora-logoInstalling updates on any operating system can be a time consuming process.  Part of the philosophy of a free and open source operating system is the commitment to keeping your system updated with the latest security patches and feature updates.  With Fedora systems, I often see 50-100 MB worth of updates per week.  Even on a broadband connection, downloading updates can still take time.

To help decrease the size of update download, you can install the Presto plug-in for yum.  With the Presto plug-in, yum now has the ability to download only the changes in the packages, called deltarpms, and not the complete package.  Using yum-presto can reduce the total download size anywhere from 60 to 80 %.

Installation

Installing the Presto plug-in for yum is done with the line below.

sudo yum install yum-presto

After the plug-in installs, update your system with

sudo yum update

I have had a very good experience with yum-presto.  Recently I performed a new installation of Fedora on a system and without the Presto plug-in, I would have had to download around 400+ MB of updates.  With Presto, I was able to download all updates in only 112 MB.

Have you heard of the Presto plug-in for yum?  What other yum plug-ins have you used?  Let us know in the comments below.


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4 responses to “Decrease Fedora Update Time With yum-presto”

  1. Guset Avatar
    Guset

    Thanks, this really make my Acer Aspire One more usefull.

    Do someone know how often I should apply updates on this machine, it has a SLOW SSD-drive.
    I try ones a week, it takes about an hour!

    1. Dustin Patterson Avatar

      You should be fine with updating once every couple of weeks. Just remember that the longer you wait to update, the more updates there will be, causing the update time to increase.

      Dustin

  2. Guset Avatar
    Guset

    Thanks, this really make my Acer Aspire One more usefull.

    Do someone know how often I should apply updates on this machine, it has a SLOW SSD-drive.
    I try ones a week, it takes about an hour!

    1. Dustin Patterson Avatar

      You should be fine with updating once every couple of weeks. Just remember that the longer you wait to update, the more updates there will be, causing the update time to increase.

      Dustin

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