[kwlug-disc] why would you do "apt-get dist-upgrade" regularly?
eric+kwlug at gerlach.ca
Sat Aug 15 08:33:07 EDT 2009
dist-upgrade, it's not just for upgrading distributions anymore!
dist-upgrade is a misnomer. The term is being deprecated from aptitude.
They're moving to:
upgrade -> safe-upgrade
dist-upgrade -> full-upgrade
It's a bad name. dist-upgrade means "upgrade everything" (to put it
On Sat, Aug 15, 2009 at 05:21:14AM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> this weekend's project is to pore over the debian package management
> docs to the point where i stop asking dumb questions, but here's
> something i ran across i'd like to clarify.
> a web page i tripped over (can't lay hands on it right now) claimed
> that you should run "apt-get dist-upgrade" on a regular basis -- once
> a month, don't let it go more than two months. but why? i can
> certainly appreciate running "apt-get upgrade" regularly but, as i
> read it, the whole point of "dist-upgrade" is to move you to the next
> official major release.
> so what effect would that have once you've done it *once*? once
> you've dist-upgraded, why would running it again have any effect,
> unless you've changed your /etc/apt/sources.list to refer to the
> *next* release? (something that web page never mentioned.)
> in my situation, on a sarge (3.1) system, i edited
> /etc/apt/sources.list, changed it to refer to etch (4.0), and did a
> dry-run test:
> # apt-get --dry-run dist-upgrade
> so i could see what would happen -- about 200 packages would be
> upgraded. so now i know. but once i do that dist-upgrade, if i don't
> change /etc/apt/sources.list any further, would running that command
> again make any difference? i don't understand how, unless it
> incorporates a *regular* upgrade, but then i'd just recommend to do a
> *regular* upgrade periodically.
> Robert P. J. Day Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
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