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Re: Slink to Potato

On Fri, Oct 01, 1999 at 08:17:41AM -0600, markzimm@rmi.net wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 01, 1999 at 03:52:47PM +0900, Miles Bader wrote:
> > I've been slowly upgrading my packages from slink to potato, and
> > frankly, have never had a single problem.  I was nervous about upgrading
> > perl, because I've seen all sorts of veiled references to possible
> > hosage (although I've never seen a concise statement of the actual
> > problem), but eventually I just did it, and removed the old perl.
> > Result?  No problems, everything seems to work perfectly.  Perhaps there
> > are a few packages that crash and burn, but I apparently don't use any
> > of them.
> > 
> How are you doing this?  Do you just go get the packages and 'dpkg -i' them
> or do you use apt?  There are a bunch of things I want to upgrade on my
> system but I assumed that all of the potato packages would have dependencies
> to library versions I don't have and that updating my libraries would
> break slink packages that I do have.

This is exactly what apt is for.  Even dpkg -i will say something like
"package depends on lib2.0 but you only have lib0.2, you loser".

As far as hearing horror stories on the list, that's because this is
largely a help list.  The people who upgrade from slink to potato and
don't have any problems don't ask for help.   I did it last week and
it's very nice, thank you.


If you wish to succeed, consult three old people.

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