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Old 08-03-2005, 06:51 PM   #1
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Question Upgrading??

I dont even know my current debian distro version but id like to upgrade. Im confident its an older version since i burned the CD some time ago.
I was wondering how exactly do i update?
What do i type in apt-get?
Will it wipe everything i currently have?
Old 08-03-2005, 07:07 PM   #2
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use synaptic or edit your file /etc/apt/sources.list. See the debian homepage and manual to see how to upgrade. The current version is sarge.
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You can type cat /etc/debian_version in a terminal to see the version you have.
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Says my version is 3.1---that doesent make sense though. Oh well i bet you i accidently upgraded my kernel without knowing it.

does this mean i have 'sarge'??
Old 08-03-2005, 08:44 PM   #5
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yeah 3.1 is 'Sarge' or the current stable release. In your /etc/apt/sources.list you want to change everything that says stable(or sarge) to testing(etch) or unstable (sid). You can also use the names,(i.e. etch as opposed to testing). This will insure that you stay with etch. Not a big deal unless you want to wait for etch to become stable
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Originally posted by gibran
Oh well i bet you i accidently upgraded my kernel without knowing it.
I noticed this comment and just wanted to make sure you understand some Debian background as it is very possible that you did upgrade from Woody (old stable version 3.0) to Sarge (new stable version 3.1). The version has nothing to do with the kernel used by the version because in fact Woody had 2 kernels 2.2 and 2.4 and Sarge uses 2.4 and 2.6. The Debian developers have very strict QC for the stable branch and at points in time they freeze all the the software in the stable release (as they have just done with Sarge), as they deem the software to be stable and free from bugs. None of the software in stable can be upgraded apart from the security upgrades. This has positives and negatives. The positives are that stable is what is says, very stable. The negatives are that if there is a long delay between releases, as there was between Woody and Sarge, then there can be problems with 3rd party software (non Debian) running on it.
Kernels are independant of the release. You can choose to use either of the kernel versions or use even newer ones but kernels are never upgraded unless you request the upgrade.

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