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Updating firmware on Dell XPS 13 With Pop!_OS 18.04

Firmware upgrades were failing for me on my Dell XPS 13. Running sudo fwupdmgr update would give me the following error:

UEFI firmware update failed: {error #0} libfwup.c:1501 get_fd_and_media_path(): failed to make /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu/fw: No such file or directory

A little online research led to me to a page on Debugging UEFI Capsule updates, which in turn suggested that I try the latest fwupdate from master. My inability to RTFM1 (coupled with being spoiled by package managers because it’s 2018), led me to open an issue on the fwpdate issue tracker when compilation failed.

Thankfully, I also wrote a comment explaining the core problem I was trying to solve and the author, Mario Limonciello, responded immediately with a solution: don’t use fwupdate, install fwupd via snap instead. (Thank you, Mario!)

That worked a charm and I am now running on the latest firmware.

I’m reproducing his instructions, below:

sudo apt purge fwupd
sudo snap install --candidate --classic fwupd
fwupdmgr refresh
fwupdmgr update

  1. Read The Fucking Manual ↩︎