Re: Lenny upgrade-advisor
I have re-worked upgrade-advisor to make it pluggable. Also it's now
hosted on collab-maint. This should make it easier for anyone to
submit a plug-in that detects and warns potential issues.
How it works
Before upgrading, running `upgrade-advisor pre-upgrade` will :
* Report post-upgrade recommendations from a previous upgrade, like
detecting wrong update-grub path in /etc/kernel-img.conf.
* Perform various pre-upgrade test. Currently, it mainly focuses on
warning for discontinued packages.
But the long term goal is test all potential issues listed in the
After upgrading, running `upgrade-advisor post-upgrade` will :
* Perform some tests to ensure that steps listed in "Preparing for
the next release" of the Release-Notes are completed.
+ Testing/Feedback is welcome (It's still beta quality, so I haven't
uploaded the package yet). To use/test it, run :
sudo apt-get install git-core
git clone git://git.debian.org/git/collab-maint/upgrade-advisor.git
Feedback for false positive and false negative is especially welcome.
+ Help list packages that "require a human intervention" .
I am planning to list the installed packages that "require a human
intervention" to work after upgrade. This especially include the
packages that need to be reconfigured/migrated manually.
If you know such package, please let me know (provide a short
description, like "re-configure /etc/foo.conf").
The purpose is to let the sysadmin estimate the system "downtime".
+ Contributing a plug-in.
You can contribute a plug-in, that warns users before
they upgrade their systems.
Here's a sample plugin :
### START of: plugins/A-20_check_update_grub_path ###
# This plugin applies to Etch and above only.
[ $CURRENT_OS -lt $ETCH ] && return 0
# Verbose/Debug mode.
start_function "$FUNCNAME" "Checking update-grub path
# The actual test.
if grep -E "[[:blank:]=]+/sbin/update-grub" \
/etc/kernel-img.conf > /dev/null 2>&1; then
alert "The path to update-grub in /etc/kernel-img.conf
### END ###
On Tue, 2008-09-09, Alexander Reichle-Schmehl wrote:
> Am 7.9.2008 schrieb "Franklin PIAT" <email@example.com>:
> >I've worked on an upgrade advisor tool for Lenny. The idea is to do some
> >sanity check to then warn the users of potential problems (and also
> >advertise some best practices). The example below should be quite
> Wonderfull idea! Are you "synchronizing" with the release notes?
> Meaning, that you things you test, are documented there and vice versa?
I've synch'ed some of them... but more work is needed.
Finally, I'm wondering what would be the most convenient way to
distribute this tool. Any idea ?