[nSLUG] Time to upgrade the server OS...

bdavidso at supercity.ns.ca bdavidso at supercity.ns.ca
Wed Sep 8 17:12:31 ADT 2004


On Wed, 8 Sep 2004, Peter Cordes wrote:

> When a lot of packages are involved, always have a look at what it plans to
> do before letting it loose.

Yes, I kind of knew I was playing with fire.  I had previously upgraded a 
potato to a woody (man, that sounds odd!) on one of our old servers.  I 
remember there was a nice document on the Debian web site describing how 
to do this, certain packages first, etc.  It went pretty smoothly, only 
one major hiccup.  For my desktop, which is not "mission critical" except 
it is where I do my work (and I have a laptop which works too), I decided 
to try to let the upgrade from woody to sarge be completely automated. 
It is my respect for the debian package management tools that led me to 
think this might "just work", and my disappointment is really just a 
reflection of my high expectations.

> I use aptitude, so when I press 'g', it shows
> packages being removed because of conflicts, removed because no longer
> needed, installed to satisfy deps, etc.  (press 'M' or 'm' to see whether a

Which just proves again that the best distro is the one you are most 
familiar and comfortable with.

> dpkg-reconfigure --all -u  should ask you all un-answered config questions.
> At least the ones that went through debconf.  Not all do.

I think I did that, maybe a couple of times, and yes it fixed a bunch of 
problems.  Of course, it took me a while to figure out that there is a 
tool called dpkg-reconfigure, what it's for, and how to use it.  I also 
had to do a bunch of "apt-get -f install" which seemed to get past some 

Bill Davidson
bdavidso at supercity.ns.ca


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