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Old 04-23-2004, 06:02 PM   #1
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Debian: how do i upgrade from stable to testing?

I am a former Windows user and been trying debian3.0r2 for about a week.
I found out that some recent packages are not available for Stable. So i am trying to upgrade to "testing".

How do i do this?
Old 04-23-2004, 06:53 PM   #2
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I have upgraded from woody (stable) to sarge(testing) 1 month ago so here is what to do.
edit ur /etc/apt/sources.list either using vi or using apt-setup.
change all ur sources urls from "woody" or "stable" to "sarge", for example
deb stable/updates main contrib non-free
deb sarge/updates main contrib non-free

and comment(or remove) any backports specifically related to woody, for example
deb woody gaim

after finishing,save ur file and run apt-get update and then apt-get dist-upgrade.
sarge is really great since the upcoming stable release is very soon.
Old 04-24-2004, 01:50 PM   #3
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I did all that and something didn't go right while i was configuring after the upgrade.
Everything breaks down occasionally. Even the mouse!

I know it's ME. ;-) I was able to upgrade fine until the darned config screens sprang up and started to confused me. It's hopeless trying to fix the problems. There are too many!!
I am going to re-install Woody (because that's the only installation CD I have) And then try that upgrade again.

Is there something like "format disk" command for Linux? Seems like just re-installing doesn't get rid of all the junk in your drive. (I want to have a clean start.)
Would deleting the partitions and writing, then re-partitioning and writing do the trick?

Thanks again for your help.
Old 04-24-2004, 02:48 PM   #4
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When you reinstall, the installation program will format the partitions for you. So backup any files you still want.


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