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Old 02-06-2009, 09:13 AM   #1
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Debian upgrade etch to lenny help

It was suggested that with a planned hardware upgrade (not happened yet but in next couple of weeks it will) that I upgrade my current Debian etch to Debian lenny because of better drivers for my proposed new video card (XFX GeForce 8500 GT 1GB). I have tried to this with aptitude but from what I can tell it didn't work, from what I understand it will upgrade the kernel to 2.6.2? but I am still at kernel 2.6.18-6-486. Here is what I did:

Edited my sources list to only contain the following
deb lenny main contrib non-free
deb-src lenny main contrib non-free
deb lenny/updates main contrib non-free
Then I executed the following commands as root
aptitude update
aptitude install apt dpkg aptitude
aptitude full-upgrade (also tried aptitude dist-upgrade)
When I execute the last command (aptitude full-upgrade|aptitude dist-upgrade) I get the following result, which from my understanding should take a while and it doesn't:
krazy:~# aptitude dist-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
Building tag database... Done
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.

krazy:~# aptitude full-upgrade
Unknown command "full-upgrade"
aptitude 0.4.4
Usage: aptitude [-S fname] [-u|-i]
aptitude [options] <action> ...
I then reboot and do a uname -r and it shows
krazy:~# uname -r
I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I also want to change from 32 bit to 64 bit because there is a chance down the road that I can run more then 4GB or ram, the motherboard I am looking at getting has a max of 16GB with 64 bit operating system (4GB x 4). Would it be easier to back up my stuff that I have on the 32 bit etch and just do a new install with the 64 bit lenny?
Old 02-06-2009, 10:07 AM   #2
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Hi KK,
Could this have anything to do with the fact that Lenny is currently "frozen". As you said it will be released in a week or two but for the moment only bug fixes are coming in.

The other point is that in aptitude full-upgrade has replaced dist-upgrade. You are running 0.4.4 so that's why full-upgrade wasn't recognised. Your version still uses dist-upgrade.
Old 02-06-2009, 10:50 AM   #3
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In order to switch from 32 bit to 64 you would need to do a feesh install..
you can not do an inplace upgrade form one architecture to another.

If you are building a new system with a new motherboard.. I would recommend doing a fresh install anyway..

Is there a file in /etc/apt/ named apt.conf or preferences that could be blocking you from Lenny's packages.

full-upgrade is correct..


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