…spending today rebuilding my laptop. While the hand done rpm upgrade last night resulted in a usable system, it had the root drive at 99% full, so while things worked, it was tight.
Plus, the rpm db was corrupt, so I was unable to uninstall lots of cruft easily. better to re-install the core os, and re-add things I find missing when I want/need them. This will make it easier if I get a new laptop when the lease on this one expires, too.