Updates for Fedora Core 2

I have an old (virtual) server which, for various support and compatibility reasons, is still running Fedora Core 2 Linux, released back in 2005. Despite this being an old, unsupported, version of the OS I wanted it to be as up-to-date as possible, and this is how I went about it.

The Fedora Legacy Project kept looking after the updates for the old “Fedora Core” versions but their site, and many of the mirrors, are no longer active. Entering

yum update

at the command prompt no longer worked. After a bit of hunting I found an active mirror in Germany and edited my

/etc/yum.conf

file to read as follows:

[main]
cachedir=/var/cache/yum
debuglevel=2
logfile=/var/log/yum.log
pkgpolicy=newest
distroverpkg=redhat-release
tolerant=1
exactarch=1
exclude=kernel*

[base]
gpgcheck=0
name=Fedora Core $releasever - Base
baseurl=http://ftp-stud.fht-esslingen.de/pub/Mirrors/download.fedoralegacy.org/fedora/$releasever/os/$basearch

[updates]
gpgcheck=0
name=Fedora Core $releasever updates
baseurl=http://ftp-stud.fht-esslingen.de/pub/Mirrors/download.fedoralegacy.org/fedora/$releasever/updates/$basearch

[legacy-utils]
gpgcheck=0
name=Fedora Legacy utilities for Fedora Core $releasever
baseurl=http://ftp-stud.fht-esslingen.de/pub/Mirrors/download.fedoralegacy.org/fedora/$releasever/legacy-utils/$basearch

Now my

yum update

command works and installed an additional 357 updates. I doubt any more will come along, but at least this system is as up-to-date as it’s going to get.

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