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Bug#401317: release-notes: Chapt 4. use of aptitude etc. for upgrade

On Saturday 02 December 2006 15:25, Osamu Aoki wrote:
>   # aptitude -y -s -f --without-recommends install aptitude
> ...
> 8 packages upgraded, 17 newly installed, 0 to remove and 118 not
> upgraded. Need to get 0B/11.9MB of archives. After unpacking 19.6MB
> will be used.
> This is for the mini upgrade.  20 MB is not much.  So partial upgrade
> should not be too much of system trouble.  libc is upgraded in this
> process.

It looks like you tried that on a fairly minimal system.
For my "upgrade test system", which has the Sarge Desktop task installed 
(i.e. Gnome and KDM desktops), I get 197 packages to remove with that 
command, including most of Gnome and the 2.4 kernel (without 

43 packages upgraded, 41 newly installed, 197 to remove and 554 not
upgraded. Need to get 50.9MB of archives. After unpacking 428MB
will be freed.

So far the only working method I've been able to find to upgrade that is 
to use aptitude interactively (i.e. the frontend, not from the 


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