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Re: A simple question about unstable

On Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 04:11:08PM -0400, Bill White wrote:
> I hope this is not a foolish question.  I have looked at the
> FAQ and the Debian web page, but I haven't found the answer.

I, too, was faced with this not too long ago. It's not a difficult
fix but it's not obvious.

> What's the best way to get a current copy of unstable for installation
> on a single, not-very-well-connected machine?
> [...]
> Is it possible to upgrade from slink to potato using a 56k modem connection?
> If it takes 650Mb to upgrade everything it is not possible.  If it is,
> my problems are solved, of course.

It's possible, of course. It's possible to upgrade with a 2400 baud
modem, but I wouldn't want to do it. :) 
What's involved:
Change your /etc/apt/sources.list file. This is mine:

# Use for a local mirror - remove the ftp1 http lines for the bits
# your mirror contains.
# deb file:/your/mirror/here/debian stable main contrib non-free
# See sources.list(5) for more information, especial
# Remember that you can only use http, ftp or file URIs
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable non-US/main non-US/contrib non-US/non-free

The deb-src is optional. (Provides apt-get source packagename functionality)

Now apt-get update, and then apt-get dist-upgrade . It shouldn't be
much more than 100, 150 megs - an overnight should do it (hoping of course
that you aren't charged per minute for calls).

Important to realise is that, while slink comprises 2 CDs, you don't
have all the packages installed. (I hope you don't!) Therefore apt
will only upgrade what you need.

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