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Re: dist-upgrade

On Tue, Jul 03, 2001 at 12:30:46PM +0100, Saqib Shaikh wrote:
> hi, how do i use apt-get to upgrade from stable to testing?

First change /etc/apt/source.list and change the "deb" lines to refer to

Then start dselect.  Run "update" from the menu.  Then choose "select".
It will prompt you with a introductory help screen.  Read it and the two
or three other help screens, before you hit spacebar to continue to the
packages list.  At any time, you can review the help screens by pressing

In the packages list, you can manage your package selections.  The list
of packages in testing is quite large, don't get lost.  Dselect sorts
the list it display as follows:
 - new packages, 
 - updated packages,
 - obsolete packages,
 - up-to-date packages,
 - available packages,
 - removed packages
You can change the ordering, but leave that for now.

In the top of the list, you may find that some new packages, that
have priority: standard have already been added to your selections
automatically by dselect, this is good.  You should probably not be
making any package selection alterations yourself at this time, but it
is still a good thing to walk through the list with the cursor keys,
pgup, pgdn, home and end.

When you hit enter to leave the package selections management
screen, dselect will probably come up with with a list of unfullfilled
dependencies.  If you have not made any changes yourself, you can probably
hit enter one or two times to acknowledge dselect's suggestions.  If you
do not agree with some of the suggestions, you can change them, but first
read the help screens again!  Try to keep with the defaults for now.
If you are afraid that you have messed up, just keep pressing shift-'q'
until you are back at the main dselect menu and try again.

Back at the main menu, choose "install".  This will start the download
and subsequent installation of packages.

After you have successfully performed the basic upgrade, you can go back
to the package selections management screen and select new packages.
You may like to experiment with the sort options controlled by the 'o' and
shift-'o' keys, to easier handle the great number of available packages.

If the dependency conflict resolution pops up when you select a package,
that depends on another yet uninstalled package, read the help screen,
press space and verify that you agree with the list of selections as
suggested by dselect.  Hit enter if you accept and return to the main
packages list.  When done with changing selections, hit enter and run
"install" from the main menu.



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