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Re: How to get away with small /var partition

Walter Dnes wrote:

On Sat, Nov 29, 2003 at 02:17:08AM -0800, Karsten M. Self wrote

You clearly haven't grasped the philosophy of Debian.  The above
paragraph betrays a gross misunderstanding on your part.

You *don't* "wipe and reinstall" to do a Debian upgrade.  You run:

   # apt-get update; apt-get -u dist-upgrade

...and your packages are updated in place.

No reboot necessary, with the exception of kernel updates, and IIRC a
recommended restart (single-user was sufficient) for a really hairy libc

 It looks like I'm going to have to do a lot of un-learning of Redhat
in addition to learning Debian<g>.

Thanks Walter. You reminded me of one of the great benefits I got from switching to Debian. It was the right choice. Broken kmultimedia dependencies in unstable/testinng are hereby forgiven. *smugly pats self on back*

I hear that the other distros are trying to get their systems working like this. But I have a stack of Mandrake CDRs going back several years that offends me everytime I look at it. What a waste of time, bandwidth and blank media. When I switched to Debian a couple of years back I burnt out all of the CDs and the 2.2 vanilla boot disks. I think it must have been a comfort thing based on my experiences with other distros. I found them this week all dusty and unused. I used the netinst of testing recently from a CDRW that I've already blown away. I have enough faith in Debian that I don't feel the need to have original media wasting my time and space - I just apt-get what I need, even if it's a major version upgrade (it helps that I have a good 'net connection too). Many thanks to the Debian package maintainers for doing such a good job!


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