[Article proposal] Using Btrfs to Upgrade Fedora

Sequel to https://fedoramagazine.org/use-lvm-upgrade-fedora/ but for Btrfs

It is considerably easier to use btrfs snapshots for a fallback instead of LVM in case system-upgrade goes south. (As indeed it did when upgrading my OG Pinebook.) It might not even need the “experts only” disclaimer. In the simplest form, you create a subvol snapshot and do a normal system-upgrade. To fallback, edit the grub entry for the previous kernel to use the snapshot. I could cover cloning the default grub entry with grubby for the fallback, but probably just exhort readers to practice editing grub entries at boot time.

+1! :slightly_smiling_face:

Does that mean go ahead? Or just a vote? nvm, I see R E creates a pagure issue as the next step.

+1 I’ve created Pagure ticket #193 for your article and assigned it to you.

If I may suggest something, it might be good to reconsider the title. As it stands it could be interpreted as using Btrfs to actually do the upgrade. I believe you are describing setting up a fallback or recovery in case something goes awry.

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This means “go ahead”. :slight_smile: Thanks for volunteering

I had a different title for the LVM article, but the Editor changed it. :slight_smile: I agree it should have “fallback” or similar in there somehow.

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