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View Poll Results: should I update or reinstall ?
update 31 44.93%
reinstall 38 55.07%
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:47 PM   #1
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to update or reinstall that is the question 13.0 to 13.1


it doesn't look like I can copy and past my way to updating slack
like I did in the past

reinstalling has the advantage of installing software that was not included in 13.0
 
Old 09-01-2010, 12:04 AM   #2
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I always reinstall by habit

I know it is supposed to be easy to upgrade Slackware, but (another) habit which has also been a best practice has been to start off with a fresh install, preserving my home directories, databases, etc.

I find it a safer path for me, and if it is more effort as some might say, then it is not much more.

On the other hand, I don't do it often - I stretch a well configured box until I have some reason to upgade beyond the fact that a new version is released!
 
Old 09-01-2010, 04:41 AM   #3
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I always chicken-out of doing upgrades and do fresh installs.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 04:53 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rob.rice View Post
reinstalling has the advantage of installing software that was not included in 13.0
For that, there is always the command

Code:
# slackpkg install-new
Though, +1 for reinstalling with a preserved /home.

-A
 
Old 09-01-2010, 04:56 AM   #5
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being on -current is the third option

btw +1 reinstall/move personal data
 
Old 09-01-2010, 05:15 AM   #6
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Reinstall

I always reinstall. Having set separate home partitions since a long time, I find it more productive to reinstall and apply what meager mods I need.

This way we can keep bitrot at bay a little more time.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 05:27 AM   #7
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The time honoured way in Linux is to reinstall and that's what I usually do,I save what I want then blow it away and have a nice new clean install... lovely.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 08:31 AM   #8
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I have my home partition mounted on its own so I usually do a clean install. My -current boxes stay up to date.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 08:53 AM   #9
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I only use -current but have upgraded from 13.0 to -current with no issues except I had to edit xfce4's xinitrc

I say upgrade, its easy
 
Old 09-01-2010, 09:31 AM   #10
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Well, it's all fairly easy, once you have done it a few dozen times, & broken your system while tweaking it a few dozen times. That being said, I have usually reinstalled, but until recently I was not running -current, which I am now. Maybe I can now just keep upgrading, as long as I remember to add the new packages. (I am not a slackpkg user.)
Regards,
Bill
 
Old 09-01-2010, 09:38 AM   #11
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Well, it's all fairly easy, once you have done it a few dozen times, & broken your system while tweaking it a few dozen times. That being said, I have usually reinstalled, but until recently I was not running -current, which I am now. Maybe I can now just keep upgrading, as long as I remember to add the new packages. (I am not a slackpkg user.)
Regards,
Bill
I was like you, that is, I always manually downloaded, and upgraded packages. I've been using slackpkg for awhile now and it has never failed to work properly. I *really* appreciate the md5 checksum capability of slackpkg, that is, slackpkg notifies you of package corruption when you're upgrading, installing packages. Slackpkg is wonderful.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 11:38 AM   #12
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+1 on slackpkg. I run current on 2 boxes, so slackpkg update/upgrade-all is really nice, and it works so well there, that I do the same thing to my home server when it's time to upgrade. My laptop is for work, and it still runs 13 with GSB 2.26 and I have no plans to upgrade really, it just has a very nice feel to it exactly as it was installed.

So upgrade is my vote.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 11:41 AM   #13
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When using Debian or something, I always reinstall, but with Slackware I feel safe upgrading.

If you follow upgrade.txt carefully, there should be no problems.

Last edited by piratesmack; 09-01-2010 at 11:42 AM.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 12:19 PM   #14
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I vote upgrade.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 04:01 PM   #15
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I prefer the upgrade using slackpkg update / upgrade-all / install-new.

Of course, as mentioned by piratesmack, I read UPGRADE.TXT and CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT for identifying any additional manual operation.

For example, upgrade from 13.0 to 13.1 required paying attention to the change of the device naming convention for IDE hard drives (/dev/hd* => /dev/sd*)
 
  


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