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Re: Upgrading Sarge from "testing"

On Monday, 18.07.2005 at 18:28 +0100, Clive Menzies wrote:

> On (18/07/05 09:43), Robert Kopp wrote:
> > In February I installed Sarge, a release from Dec.
> > 2004, which was then the "testing" release. Now the
> > most current release of Sarge is stable. By changing
> > "testing" to "stable" in sources.list, I can install
> > individual packages that aren't already there, but
> > would like to know if it's possible to to upgrade the
> > entire installation to what Sarge is now, as a stable
> > release (for example, with KDE 3.3). Many other Debian
> > users must have already done this, if it is possible.
> Sarge to testing is a 'downgrade' and under normal circumstances may
> well break your installation.  

I don't think that's right, nor what he's asking.  He's talking about an
'old' testing installation (when Sarge was testing) upgrading to a new
Sarge (stable).  In other words, "Old Sarge" to "New Sarge".

I would have thought that you should simply be able to

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade


and get your whole installation updated.

Changing 'testing' to 'stable' in your sources.list is the correct way
to achieve what you're describing and is *not* a downgrade, unless you
installed new packages following the release of Sarge and while you
still had 'testing' in your sources.list (assuming you'd also done an
'apt-get update' of course).

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