[kwlug-disc] why would you do "apt-get dist-upgrade" regularly?
Robert P. J. Day
rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Sat Aug 15 12:31:38 EDT 2009
On Sat, 15 Aug 2009, Chris Frey wrote:
> As Lori mentioned, there's two ways to refer to a release.
> Consider these /etc/apt/sources.lists lines:
> deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free
> deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free
> Currently these point to the same repositories. But once Squeeze
> becomes the next stable, the second line will point to squeeze
> automatically, since the "stable" symlinks will have been updated on
> the servers.
> The first line will stay with what you have, until *you're* ready to
yup, that's my understanding, which is why, earlier this week, when
i wanted to upgrade a system from sarge to etch, i *first* just
upgraded the sarge install -- that upgraded just over 70 packages,
after which the system continued to run fine. that was what i
considered phase 1 -- getting "sarge" completely up to date.
the next phase -- which i haven't done yet -- will be to edit
/etc/apt/sources.list, change "sarge" to "etch", and run a *full*
upgrade, which i'm assuming will take the system to a fully-upgraded
etch system. that is, not just the *original* etch install, but one
that incorporates all of the etch upgrades that followed. at that
point, i will have a fully-upgraded etch system, which i will allow to
run for a while, watch carefully, and fix any possible breakage.
after that, phase 3 would be from etch to lenny, exactly the same
way. does that make sense?
Robert P. J. Day Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry.
Web page: http://crashcourse.ca
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