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Re: Instructions for upgrading from Etch to Lenny?

On 2008-12-17 20:14 +0100, Robert Hodgins wrote:

> On Wed, 2008-12-17 at 13:57 -0500, Rick Thomas wrote:
>> Are there step-by-step instructions somewhere for doing a dist- 
>> upgrade from Etch (current stable) to Lenny (soon-to-be stable)?
>> I'll be glad to RTFM if somebody can point me to the right FM...
> Googling etch lenny upgrade gives ~143,000 hits.

It's not unlikely that Rick actually looked at some of these, and
probably a bad sign that nothing even close to an official upgrade guide
seems to exist yet. :-(

> This one is recent:
> http://www.ducea.com/2008/12/08/howto-upgrade-from-debian-etch-to-lenny/

Seems to be okay, if terse.  One caveat, though: it has been reported
several times (and I could reproduce it) that the "aptitude full-upgrade"
step will remove all the X.Org video drivers if you accept aptitude's
first suggestion, see http://bugs.debian.org/502285 for instance.
Therefore I recommend to let aptitude try different solutions until it
finds one that does not remove too many packages.


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