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Re: The Final Frontier. Upgrading Sarge to Etch

On Friday 02 February 2007 22:38, Nigel Henry wrote:
> I have 3 Debian installs apart from Kubuntu. Each one was originally
> installed from Woody 3.0r2 cdroms. All 3 were upgraded to Sarge which was
> on testing at the time (there were a few problems). When Sarge went stable
> I kept 2 of the installs on stable, and the 3rd I left on testing, which is
> my current Etch install. I've now changed /etc/apt/sources for Etch,to
> Etch, rather than testing, as Etch is soon to become stable, and the 2
> Sarge installs I'd changed from stable to Sarge. One Sarge install I'm
> about to change from Sarge to Etch, which is the one I'm attempting to
> upgrade to Etch. This will be fun.
> I've copied /etc/cache/apt/archives from etch to the sarge install that I'm
> going to upgrade, so as to to save a bit of DL time, as I'm on dialup.
> I'd love to have a backup  of the Sarge install, but have never been quite
> sure how to take it . I've read a bit about rdiff, but have never tried it.
> Anyway I'm going for it. The main concern is the transition from Xfree86 to
> Xorg. I'll just have to see how that goes.
> I'll post back in a day or so as to how the upgrade went. I've got 1.4GB of
> stuff in the archives, so perhaps the DL time might not be so long.
> Be back soon.
> Nigel.

Well. The upgrade from Sarge to Etch went remarkably well. 900+ packages to be 
upgraded. 300+ newly installed, 100+ to be removed, and it all went like 
clockwork using apt-get update, then apt-get dist-upgrade.

The only very strange thing after the update, and going to logout was the 
logout box. It had the most weird hieroglyphics instead of plain english (In 
KDE that is).  Anyway I rebooted with the 2.6.8 kernel, and all went well.

I have a question though. I have a 2.6.17 kernel in /var/cache/apt/archives. 
This was from the archives I copied from my other Etch install. Synaptic now 
only shows a 2.6.18 kernel available, and I saw someone had a problem with 
that, and Grub. I'm using LiLo, so perhaps the problem won't occur, but is 
there a way to install the 2.6.17 one that I have in /var/cache/apt archives.  
I should probably know the answer, but am not sure.

Btw. Thanks to all the folks who offered help in making backups before 


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