Re: upgrade from Corel Linux
"David G. Schlecht" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I've tried recompiling a new GCC but can't because the current one
> is too far out of date.
That surprises me a little; I thought a goal of gcc was to be
compilable with random crufty vendor K&R C compiler. But this isn't
actually something I'm knowledgable about. :-)
> I've tried loading the GCC binaries as an rpm but
> that failed miserably with missing /bin/sh errors and more.
(Using alien, or rpm directly?)
> Of course all the new versions of the tools (like apt-get) need the
> new libs and I can't compile them.
> apt-get doesn't work because it's too old and doesn't recognize the
> "Cache-Limit" config and the new packages are too big to fit.
Can you try something like this:
# make sure sources.list points at Debian 'stable' or 'woody'
apt-get install apt
# now have new APT, add Cache-Limit
apt-get install aptitude
aptitude # and upgrade as normal
Alternatively, you can download the .deb files directly and install
them with 'dpkg --install', but you do wind up chasing down
dependencies by hand that way.
> Sounds to me like it's time to scrap the old beast and reinstall
> debian. Or -- is there an easier path that I haven't tried?
If you're stuck with a bad partitioning scheme and really can't get
anything else to work, you might need to reinstall, yeah. :-(
David Maze email@example.com http://people.debian.org/~dmaze/
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