[kwlug-disc] why would you do "apt-get dist-upgrade" regularly?

Eric Gerlach eric+kwlug at gerlach.ca
Sat Aug 15 12:44:16 EDT 2009

On Sat, Aug 15, 2009 at 12:31:38PM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>   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.

That sounds good for a phase 2, but read Etch's release notes first.  I
seem to recall that there were one or two packages you had to upgrade
first (if they were installed) before doing the dist upgrade.

>   after that, phase 3 would be from etch to lenny, exactly the same
> way.  does that make sense?

Makes sense.  Though same warning about release notes applies.



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