Re: ye olde upgrade vs. dist-upgrade
On Fri, Dec 05, 2003 at 10:01:37AM -0800, Vineet Kumar wrote:
> * Bill Moseley (email@example.com) [031205 08:38]:
> > My question is if sources.list specifies "woody" instead of "stable" so
> > dist-upgrade will not someday upgrade to sarge" and since a "stable"
> > distribution should not change dependencies, IS there a difference
> > between using "upgrade" vs. "dist-upgrade" in that case?
> > I don't see that there is a difference.
> I think the answer is "probably not", but why not err on the side of
> caution? I think it's kind of like the difference between using sudo or
> fakeroot to build a deb. In theory, they should produce the same
> outcome. But why would you issue a more powerful command when a simpler
> one will suffice?
Yes, you are right, the question was just academic. I wanted to make
sure that I really understood the difference. This was the result of
someone making the blanket statement to me that "dist-upgrade" was dangerous
and the wrong thing to use without explaining why - even when I had
explained that I use "stable" in my sources.list. It's important to me
to make sure I understand things before responding to such statements.
True, "update" is the correct operation. The (academic) question was
not that, but rather if I had a flaw in my understanding of the differences
-- or if there were differences not enumerated clearly in the
documentation. You know, someone says you are wrong and it's helpful to
make sure you are actually right before saying so... ;)