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Re: how to update Debian OS properly

On Saturday 26 May 2012 12:43:45 you wrote:
> > I prefer to use aptitude full-upgrade routinely - but I have the code
> > name in my sources.list, not stable or testing.  I then change the code
> > name when I want to get the more recent version.  So, Squeeze not stable,
> > Muhammad.  you could get in quite a mess at the changeover point from
> > Squeeze to Wheezy if you have stable in your sources.list, as several
> > people have pointed out.
> if i use Squeeze (the code name) instead stable, sid or anything.
> should i not to worry about system crash? is it what people here mean
> to say (who support code name "squeeze" ) that if i "apt-get
> upgrade/full-upgrade/safe-upgrade" will not crash my system if using
> squeeze. because what i am worried about  here is system crash.

I'm afraid that I don't understand you. Why should you have a system crash?  
And what are you trying to achieve?

Always use code names, and incidentally Sid is the code-name for unstable, a 
code-name which never changes.

So choose which you want.  From the sound of things you want Squeeze.  Install 
Squeeze.  Check that Squeeze is in your sources.list, and only Squeeze at 
this stage.  No mention of stable or anything else.  Update Squeeze.  
(aptitude update followed by aptitude full-upgrade or aptitude safe-upgrade.) 
From then on you will only basically get security updates, though there are 
periodic point releases for Squeeze to iron out some remaining bugs etc.

For now, and while you bed down with Debian/Linux, simply ignore all mentions 
of Wheezy, stable, Sid, unstable, testing etc.  Time enough to come to terms 
with those when you understand fully what is going on or when Wheezy has 
become Stable and Squeeze is Old Stable.

apt is now preferred to aptitude by many on this list, but I am more familiar 
with aptitude, and might have got the commands slightly wrong had I attempted 
to give you them.  (I did last time that I did so.)  But for what you are 
doing now, either is fine, and when it comes to upgrading to a new release, 
the release notes will tell you which to use.

But above all, keep things simple for now.  And when you ask a question, try 
to express it without reference to Windows.  Many of us do not use Windows, 
and in my case I have not done so since Windows 98, which I don't remember 
very well.


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