Re: The Final Frontier. Upgrading Sarge to Etch
Just upgraded mine. I've been fearing that upgrade as the
report for the upgrade
showed hundreds of packages to be removed. What I did was copy
installation to another disk, made it bootable so I have the
original disk intact.
Ran the update and dist-upgrade many times, including installing
the new kernel
2.6.18 to get the udev stuff. After a while I finally reached
the point where no packages
were being removed, added updated, etc and the installation
works fine. I have a post
labeled 'Debian testing, alsa and cups' in here somewhere that
is a request for help
to find a couple of relatively minor problems (but annoying).
The test was what would happen if I just ran the upgrade and see
if a bootable
system resulted, and it worked. Unfortunately I don't keep good
records so I can't
give a step by step. I did follow a procedure I found somewhere
in the documentation
that recommended some updates prior to the upgrade. The
Aptitude was one of
them. Also, one of the responders to my post mentioned above
had a link to
a procedure that also may help.
Dave Sherohman wrote:
On Sat, Feb 03, 2007 at 07:43:31AM -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Backup is essential. I've tried to do an upgrade from sarge to etch
several times over the past year, and have yet to do one that resulted
in a working system. I found a new install works better, but even there
I have problems.
Funny, I thought one of the big advantages of Debian over most other
distros is that you *don't* need to reinstall when a new version comes
out. What's the deal with etch, then? Debian's not jumping on the
'reinstall for every upgrade' bandwagon, is it?
(And I ask this from a system which has been through slink, potato,
woody, and is currently on sarge, all without needing a reinstall.)