When I am updating my system, the machine tells me the size of the packages to download and asks me:

is this ok: [y/d/N]?

I know the meaning of y (yes) and N (no), but don't know what d stands for. Can someone please explain it to me?

Note: In case it is needed, I am running Fedora 20.

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    For reference, the capitalisation of the N means that it is the default option, and will be chosen if you press enter without typing one of the letters first
    – Foxocube
    Dec 25, 2013 at 16:35
  • My guess was that it stands for [d]unno. Jun 1, 2020 at 21:13

1 Answer 1


The d means "download only", which sounds like it will just fetch the packages for your update but not apply them.

It is the same as yum --download-only according to this mailing list archive.

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    Worth noting that the man page for yum says under --downloadonly: Don't update, just download. This is done in the background, so the yum lock is released for other operations. This can also be chosen by typing 'd'ownloadonly at the transaction confirmation prompt.
    – depquid
    Nov 24, 2014 at 21:10

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