migration to wheezy and disaster recovery
Last week I decided to dist-upgrade from Squeeze to Wheezy, thinking I
would get in ahead of the rush of stragglers. I found a nice document
with lots of step-by-step instruction, and particularly how to create a
log file of the steps that I actually performed. I thought I was
following it but I will never know because something went wrong and my
failed attempts at recovery have lost the log file. Nothing was working.
I found a 'business card' CD for Squeeze 6.0.5, that installed Squeeze
6.0.7, which is to be expected. But all sorts of features haven't been
configured to my habits. I am just now able to email this list, but via
gmail, and I am quite new at using gmail. I think I know how to
reply-to-list, but I really need help and apologize in advance for
violations of Debian etiquette. In particular, this is being composed in
Icedove, and I don't know how to limit the line length. Please, someone,
I had been running Gnome/Squeeze before the disaster. At one point I
caught a glimpse of the new Gnome3 that comes with Wheezy. I don't want
to install it and then figure out how to remove it. I think I won't be
finnished with my recovery until I get Xfce installed in its place in
Wheezy, and to do that is to install Xfce in Squeeze and then do a
dist-upgrade to get to Wheezy. But ... I don't know how and can't find
instructions. When I search with Google I find lots of hits to pages
that say it can be done and most also say it is easy, but *how* ? What
CDs do I need? What packages do I install under Squeeze? I am at a loss.
To me, it is important that I keep my computer bootable at every step of
the way. It is my only link for getting useful help. Suggestions for
alternative plans are welcome, but please don't suggest switching to a
different distribution that is more forgiving of user error. I don't
believe there is one, do you?
My first firm question(s): What packages should I install from a Debian
repository to get a working installation of Xfce that come up when the
computer boots? What substeps are there to making this happen? A url
that I can read?
Thanks for reading and for whatever suggestions you can make.