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Old 07-01-2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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Question Dist-upgrades and non-standard packages

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Does anybody know what happens to non-standard packages that are installed in a linux system after some full online distro-upgrades (i.e. Ubuntu 8.04 >> 8.10 >> 9.04 or Fedora 9 >> 10 >> 11)? A non-standard package is, I believe, every package that is not included in the official repositories of the distribution. So, one can install from extra repositories changing the sources.list file or install a standalone program discovered somewhere in the Internet or install a commercial linux program. What happens to all of them after an online dist-upgrade? What happens to the system? Does sources.list file change or it stays with the changes for the extra repositories?

Old 07-01-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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You really have to read about each distribution, and each upgrade of each distribution, separately. I know that when I tried FC 10 a while back the release notes on their web site said that any graphic card drivers would be deconfigured during a version upgrade.

Release notes for each distribution/version will usually talk about the kinds of issues that interest you.
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I have used some non-standard packages and never encountered any problems with them. If the package doesn't correspond to an official one and if all its dependencies are unaffected by your dist-upgrade then, it shouldn't have any effect on these packages. AFAIK, in Debian at least, the sources.list is changed manually and not by any upgrade.
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OK! Thanks for the information!


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