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Re: Bug#513625: apt-get dist-upgrade or aptitude

On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 02:51:27PM -0500, Hendrik Boom wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 07:00:41PM +0100, Julien Cristau wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 17:45:23 +0000, John Talbut wrote:

> > > Does the note about not using aptitude only apply to using it
> > > through the command line?  Is there any reason not to upgrade in the
> > > way that I have done?

> > The release notes document one upgrade path, which has been tested to
> > work reasonably in a number of cases.  Different options may work in
> > your case, but it's not possible for us to document and test more than
> > just one way and be confident that they'll all work out without troubles.

> That is true, but what Mr. Talbut was pointing out was that he *was* 
> haveing trouble with the documented upgrade path, but none with his 
> other path using aptitude.

Then he can provide specifics and we can try to resolve those.  It's not
reasonable to flip-flop on the apt-get/aptitude question every time someone
presents a case that isn't currently handled by the upgrade instructions,
because there are always going to be corner cases we haven't managed to test
that won't upgrade cleanly /whichever/ method we choose.

Also, John says he fired up aptitude /interactively/ to resolve the upgrade
problems.  For interactive upgrades, we still recommend aptitude, but that's
not the part of the documentation being commented on here.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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