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Old 04-05-2003, 04:04 PM   #1
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Upgrading RedHat8 to RedHat9

I am currently running RedHat 8.0 with all RHN updates to date. I just downloaded the 3 RedHat 9 ISOs and burned them to CDs. I also just did a backup of all my stuff.

Is there anything I need to be aware of before I reboot on CD 1, and start the update?

Like, should I use the upgrade option, or one of the regular ones, like Workstation?

I would appreciate any words of wisdom from anyone who has survived this.
Old 04-05-2003, 04:34 PM   #2
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Just from my own experience, I would do a fresh install rather than an upgrade. I tried using the upgrade option on a couple of previous versions of RH and I ended up with a jacked-up install. I'm sure that others have done it no problem, but I've seen a couple of posts here with similar gripes about the upgrade option. Now I just backup my own personal files and start from scratch with a new install.
Old 04-05-2003, 10:39 PM   #3
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RedHat supposedly made much more effort this time around towards making 9 upgrade previous installs correctly. I upgraded an RH8 machine with no problems. There's a screen during the upgrade process where you indicate specifically what OS/Version you're upgrading from so it can do specific upgrade options for that version.
Old 05-13-2003, 08:35 PM   #4
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RedHat Linux 9.0 Problems

I have two computer that I installed Redhat9 on. One of them I upgraded from RedHat8.0, the other a fresh install of RedHat9. The upgrade went fine with no problems and the install went fine with one problem....

RedHat 9 did not create the "users" group. This causes problems (like the RedHat User Manager Lock up) when you want to add a new user. I just added the group with the command:

groupadd -g 100 users

Note- make sure you use the -g option and 100 because this is required for the users group.

However, I cannot install Oracle9i nor can I install Quake3 (linux version of course).

It seems that they updated Glibc to 2.1 and is incompatable with Oracle9i and Quake3. They are both looking for Glibc 2.0.

--at least that what I suspect the problem is (Glibc 2.1).

Anyone else have better results. Or is anyone running Quake3 or Oracle9i on RedHat Linux 9.0?

Old 05-14-2003, 04:49 PM   #5
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Duh, Disregard last message.

I feel like such an idiot. You have to run the Quake3 Linux update in an xwindows environment, even if you are planning to run it only as a server. Duh!

As for Oracle, use LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.4.19 or less and it will run. Sill had a problem but nothing major.

For more info on Oracle goto:

Old 05-15-2003, 01:33 PM   #6
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Is it worth upgrading?

Sorry for being lazy and not checking the RH website, but is it worth the hassle going to RH9? What does it offer for the average home desktop user?



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