Re: Today mozilla-firebird Wants To Remove KDE
On Sun, Aug 24, 2003 at 01:27:52PM -0400, David Crane wrote:
> In the other branch of this thread, I asked whether multiple rounds of
> "apt-get upgrade" would be needed to bring a 3.0rev1 "woody" distribution
> up to a current "testing" distribution.
Here's the documentation of 'upgrade' from the apt-get(8) man page: note
the "under no circumstances" bit, which is important for a distribution
like testing or unstable where packages are in substantial flux.
upgrade is used to install the newest versions of all
packages currently installed on the system from the
sources enumerated in /etc/apt/sources.list. Packages
currently installed with new versions available are
retrieved and upgraded; under no circumstances are cur-
rently installed packages removed, or packages not
already installed retrieved and installed. New versions
of currently installed packages that cannot be upgraded
without changing the install status of another package
will be left at their current version. An update must be
performed first so that apt-get knows that new versions
of packages are available.
Repeated runs of 'apt-get upgrade' should be no more effective than a
Here's the documentation of 'dist-upgrade'.
dist-upgrade, in addition to performing the function of
upgrade, also intelligently handles changing dependen-
cies with new versions of packages; apt-get has a
"smart" conflict resolution system, and it will attempt
to upgrade the most important packages at the expense of
less important ones if necessary. The
/etc/apt/sources.list file contains a list of locations
from which to retrieve desired package files. See also
apt_preferences(5) for a mechanism for overriding the
general settings for individual packages.
The problems you're having with dist-upgrade are probably because
certain packages have had to be forced into testing a little earlier
than normally possible in order to overcome roadblocks in development.
The problems caused by this are slated to be resolved gradually as we
move towards the next release.
Colin Watson [email@example.com]