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Mon, 22 Aug 2016

Keep Fedora's dnf from upgrading certain packages

Since the OpenShot video editor is pretty much broken in version 2.0.x, and I'm using a Fedora 22 package of version 1.4.3 so I can keep editing video while I contemplate learning KDEnlive.

I installed the OpenShot 1.4.3 package, and in my next run of the yumex-dnf package manager, it cheerfully offered to upgrade to 2.0.7.

No.

So how do you keep yumex-dnf and regular ol' dnf from bugging you about this every time?


You modify /etc/dnf/dnf.conf.

As this helpful web page instructed, you add a line like the following to /etc/dnf/dnf.conf (using rootly privileges):

exclude=openshot*

Now that I have added that, the package manager ignores openshot, allowing me to keep the last-generation, working application that actually allows me to edit videos.

Again, I don't know what happened to OpenShot. I know there was some kind of crowdfunding campaign, that the project is still soliciting donors and that there was a major refactoring of the application that included porting it to Windows and Mac OS.

I hope the OpenShot team sorts things out and makes version 2.x work better than version 1.4.3.

Until then, I need to keep editing, and this setup will allow me to do just that.