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Just wanted to ask you all if Slackware had an upgrade feature in the installer like Red Hat has. I mean if a new version of Slack come out could I just run the installer and upgrade all my packages and then work on or I'd had to reinstall Slack or manually download all the packages I need and install them by hand? Thanks!
wonderpun, aussie pointed us to a program that will help you do that, and you would run it as a "cron job" to keep your system up to date, it was very recently, you'll just have to poke around here to find it.
I believe the quesiton was here in the slackware section, but was unrelated to initial question (I am always the guilty party of bringing things off topic ) So anyway, you might want to try to find that because it sounds like very good info.
I have downloaded autopkg and I have wanted to upgrade to 9.0 so I have edited the autopkg.conf file and change it so SLV=current and have changed all the mirrors to slackware-current but it still trys to get slackware-8.1? is there anything else to do?
If it doesn't work against the slackware-current that might be best.
How easy is it for you to reinstall everything?
How fast is your internet connection?
If it breaks something can you fix it?
The slackware-current system is not compatible with 8.1. Your system really needs to be installed with the beta system from the start.
Its been awhile since I looked at AutoPkg. But if I recall most of the lines were hashed out. You need to "#" the ones you don't want and remove the "#" on the ones you do want. Also, if I recall the path needs to point to the slackware directory within the tree, where the actual disk set starts. (Ex: a,ap,d, etc.) AutoPkg does not look at the extras directory or any of the other trees for upgrades. Not sure about the patches directory under 8.1 though, since that is where the new packages are at. I think it was about three months ago that I looked at the prorgam, so your version might be different than what I last worked with.
Some others here might have more recent info to correct anything that I might have said.
I have installed from the beta version to start with and I can reinstall with no problem everything I need is backed up I have changed everything to point to the slackware-current directory but it still comes up as wanting 8.1
If your installation is the slackware-current then you are not really upgrading. The beta is going to be the 9.0 system. You are just wanting to update the changed packages.
From what I can tell the the settings you changed are the only ones that can be changed. The only thoughts I can offer is make sure the proper file is being edited (/etc/autopkg.conf), verify the root mirrors paths, and check the spellings. If mispelled then it might default to 8.1. Oh, and some mirrors may have an outdated slackware-current that really contains slackware-8.1 prior to release.
I went to download the latest and I downloaded the wrong program. It turns out there are two programs called AuoPkg. The other program automates building Slack packages.
Just noticed the version I downloaded is 0.5.1 released 24 DEC 2002, yesterday. So you might download that as something must have been changed, perhaps resolves your problem.