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

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Sat Aug 15 13:24:15 EDT 2009

On Sat, 15 Aug 2009, Eric Gerlach wrote:

> 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.

  ah, that's useful info.  my plan was to do a "dry-run" first, to see
if there were any complaints.  would a dry run of a full upgrade
identify potential problems like that?  in any event, i'll check the
release notes.  thanks.


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