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Scary massive Debian-testing upgrade went well, it seems

Posted 11-12-2015 at 04:52 PM by the dsc

Probably the largest upgrade I've done so far, at least in the last five years or so. Most individual upgradeable packages, if selected individually, would require uninstalling half of the system. But "mark all upgrades" on synaptic in contrast required uninstalling just a few obscure packages, seemingly not affecting anything I use often. There were a few bugged packages, but the bugs didn't seem to apply to me, so I upgraded them anyway, as there was no choice.

But the upgrade from synaptic actually hanged on "triggering whatever for menus". I've interrupted it and proceeded to use aptitude dist-upgrade, which went well, with the added advantage that it didn't require to uninstall MPD. It was quite weird that the management done by synaptic and aptitude was so different. Whereas synaptic said the whole thing would require around 700MB, aptitude said it was going to free about 200 MB. I suspect that perhaps some of the discrepancy may be due to the fact that synaptic did something, like at very least downloading the packages. From the listing alone, it didn't seem that different, at least from a average/slightly below-average human memory standpoint. The only thing I could spot/remember was that MPD wouldn't be uninstalled by aptitude, but it's not like I really recall that everything else was equal. In the end there were no more upgradeable packages, so it must have been pretty similar.


After that I had to use Debian Sid repositories to install Dolphin4, in order to make Konqueror usable as a file manager again -- Konqueror uses Dolphin for file management, but it's still QT4, whereas the "main" Dolphin is already Qt5. So there's this temporary workaround of having both dolphins at once.

Unfortunately it seems that QtCurve is still broken for GTK. But maybe it's something weird with my install.
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