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Old 09-28-2006, 01:22 PM   #1
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Talking debian upgrade to testing and sid

Hello, I'm using the current stable distribution, I'd like to upgrade to Sid.
I did the following but didn't work. Xorg sent a crash message, apt didn't work, there seemed to be some error messages regarding the kernel(something like it required a newer version than the one I was running).

Originally my running kernel and GCC were:
Linux version 2.6.8-3-686 (root@lart) (gcc version 3.3.5 (Debian 1:3.3.5-13)) #1 Sat Jul 15 10:32:25 UTC 2006

Then I found on a manual the following instructions which I followed:
* I used netselect-apt testing and added the the output to the sources.list file.
* # apt-get update
* # apt-get -t testing upgrade (downloaded around ~20MB)

* # apt-get -t testing dist-upgrade (downloaded around ~200MB)
(all this without the graphical server, 'cause I noticed that the upgrade required to modify it)

Then as I said Xorg didn't work and many other things didn't seem to work. I noticed it didn't upgrade the kernel to a newer version. I gave up and reinstalled debian (the stable release).

Could anyone give advice on how to do a good and clean upgrade. I'm pretending to upgrade to Sid, but I found it was required to first upgrade to testing.
Old 09-28-2006, 01:30 PM   #2
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Back up your data and do a fresh Etch install. By the time Etch is released as Stable, I'm sure they'll have those upgrade problems fixed, but right now, doing an upgrade from Stable to Testing is a crap shoot.

Once you get Etch installed, simply change your sources.list to move to Sid. Think once or twice before you do that tho. I only get things from Sid that I particularly want. Doing a dist-upgrade from Sid is mildly risky.

Last edited by rickh; 09-28-2006 at 01:33 PM.
Old 09-28-2006, 01:42 PM   #3
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Ok ok thanks. Looks pretty nice. Now I wonder if I'd have the same issues while upgrading to Sid. Any advice?
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I actually did an install straight to SID, bypassing the upgrade steps in between..

If you are dead set on moving into sid (your choice not mine) from a clean install

Boot the etch netinstall CD, at the boot prompt enter expert to use the expert install method. this will ask you lots and lots of questions during the install, but hey you are planning on running sid so there shouldn't be anything here you can't handle.

one of the questions it should ask you is what branch you want to install, Testing or unstable. simply choose sid /unstable and upon completion of your install you will be running sid without the need to dist-upgrade.

I originally did this using a sarge netinstall CD, the etch CD should give you the same options but at least will start you out with a MUCH newer 2.6 kernel.
Old 09-28-2006, 03:31 PM   #5
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Well. Looks fun. Thank you all. I'll try as said.


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