In the last weeks I started noticing some strange behavior in my system. I can not install application from "Software" gui and neither from CLI.

Now I am sure about this issue because:

[root@nuclear00 yum.repos.d]# dnf install cowsay
Last metadata expiration check: 0:19:10 ago on Mon 11 Mar 2019 01:01:59 PM CET.
No match for argument: cowsay
Error: Unable to find a match

I ran dnf clean all and dnf upgrade already, it executes but nothing seems to change.

The repo looks fine, as you see in the pic below. I haven't deleted the content of this folder (not that i remember at least).

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Another sign of why I believe something is not right, is both when i open "Software". It prints this error message: From askUbuntu - Failed to activate service 'org.freedesktop.fwupd' Sometimes the short version, others the long one just like in this link.

Also, when trying to install "Telegram" from Software application, rpmfusion repo, the error is Could not depsolve transaction; 1 problem detected:

Unfortunately, without reading the full error message. Not even from the log, which should be /var/log/dnf.log. I can't find the log for the application Software, which again, it is the GUI version of dnf/yum.

dnf.log writes the log happening for the cli only.

Good thing: I enabled the flathub repo some time ago and at least I have now some more software, it is not a solution though.

I installed flathub because I noticed that from Software, everything disappeared. Software list was simply gone (and still is).

I re-followed this already but it doesn't seem it changed much: https://rpmfusion.org/Configuration

UPDATE: Do you see anything missing? Enabled/Disabled should be fine. Not that I want all of them enabled like source/debug etc.

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  • The proper way to see the list of repositories that are enabled for use is to do sudo dnf repolist. A simple ls -l /etc.repos.d doesn't tell that a repository is in fact, enabled.
    – JRFerguson
    Mar 11 '19 at 12:54
  • Do you have the standard fedora and updates repositories enabled? cowsay is available from the fedora repo.
    – JRFerguson
    Mar 11 '19 at 12:55
  • you're right sorry. Updating the answer now with a screenshot
    – aPugLife
    Mar 11 '19 at 13:21
  • just noticed i miss fedora.repo completely :| - I'm installing it. It is now downloading everything after a dnf upgrade.
    – aPugLife
    Mar 11 '19 at 13:38

Looks like you're missing ALL of the standard Fedora repo files (including the base fedora but also updates, updates-testing etc.):

[yum.repos.d]$ ls fedora*
fedora-cisco-openh264.repo  fedora.repo                  fedora-updates.repo                  fedora-updates-testing.repo
fedora-modular.repo         fedora-updates-modular.repo  fedora-updates-testing-modular.repo

These files come from the fedora-repos package, which you have probably somehow managed to uninstall (or deleted the files):

$ rpm -qf /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo 

Instead of trying to recreate these files by hand or copying them from some random source, just reinstall the fedora-repos package. (If you don't have a working dnf/yum setup, you can always just install the rpm directly from your favourite Fedora mirror.)

  • A bit later, sorry. After this question and my answer, I reinstalled fedora-repos. I didn't update the question. Thanks for pointing it out and providing all that one would need ;) Back to some months ago, I don't know how I got it removed. I just don't. I realized long time after that I miss pieces of software..
    – aPugLife
    Apr 23 '19 at 14:27

Thanks to the comment above I noticed I miss the whole fedora.repo. That's why nothing could be installed.

  1. I searched it on github: fedora-repo
  2. Created a file in /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo and copied the content inside
  3. Ran dnf upgrade and wait 'till it completed.
  4. dnf install cowsay -y
  5. echo hello | cowsay

    [root@nuclear00 yum.repos.d]# echo hello | cowsay
    < hello >
            \   ^__^
             \  (oo)\_______
                (__)\       )\/\
                    ||----w |
                    ||     ||
  • Now you should dnf reinstall fedora-repos; see the other answer. Apr 4 '19 at 15:07

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