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Upgrade to Slackware -current

Posted 08-02-2006 at 12:21 PM by truthfatal

Iím quite sure that everyone who does this has their own method. This is the method that works for me. I go about things like ths because Iím far to cheap and lazy to install a CD burner on my machine. If I did that I would just burn a -current ISO and install. I donít use tools like Slapt-get, swaret, or slackpkg, because I donít want to. I have in the past used the method described in Slackwareís UPGRADE.txt, and thatís probably what Iíll do when Slack 11 is finally released, but I wanted a clean -current install, with no residual Slack 10.2 left in my system.
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The first thing youíll need is a working slack install, a separate partition thatís big enough to hold the slackware-current packages, and Alienís - http://www.slackware.com/~alien/dokuwiki/doku.php - ďrsync_current.shĒ script.

Step one:

Mount a partition to hold your slackware-current, I keep mine at /root/backup

Step two:

Read that shell script you downloaded from Alien you might want to edit it to make sure it downloads to the right partition/folder, that rsync is excluding the folders you donít want, and that it uses a mirror close to you.

Step three:

Log in to root, and run the script.

Step four:

By now you should have a bunch of packages on a separate partition, a perfectly good working slackware installation, and a slight uneasy feeling in your gut that you may be about to bork your system. Good for you! Things are proceeding well :)
This is probably the most important step in any major system change.
Back up your information

Easy as that, back it up. Anything that youíve customised, tweaked, created, and downloaded and want to use in the future. Back it up. Now.

Step five:

Time to start the install! Grap your installation CD stick it in your box and reboot the computer. Go through the steps until you get to the install disks bash prompt. Before you run ísetupí youíll need to mount the partition that has slackware-current in it. in my case, I make a directory called current Ďmkdir currentí and Ďmount /dev/hda3 ./currentĒ

Step six:

run ísetupí and start the install process. when it comes time to choose your target directories whatever you do, do not try to format the partition containing slackware-current.

Step seven:

At some point, the installation will ask for an install source. You will choode to install from an already mounted partition. Following my examples, the directory you would type is Ē /current/Slackware/slackware-current/slackware/ .Ē Do it, and wait for the next step!

Step eight:

After that it should be business as usual. I ran into some problems installing a kernel with setup, so I skipped that step and used the test26.s kernel for a while until I compiled a new one out of the 2.6.16.27 source in the current/extra directory.
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