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Old 09-06-2002, 01:25 PM   #1
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Upgrading to Slack 9.0

When official release of Slack 9.0 comes out, how are you guys gonna update since this release will be based on new glibc?
I think i'm gonna do my usual: Buy the cds, and reinstall everything, then spend a week configuring and compiling everything again. It's a pain in the ass, but fortunately Slack's releases are not that frequent.
I can't use AUTOpkg for some errors (and i'm lazy to fix it) since i'm on 56k it will not be of much use anyway.
So im just curious what are others going to do to upgrade to Slack 9.0?
Thanks in advance!
Old 09-06-2002, 08:10 PM   #2
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I suppose the exact manner that an upgrade is performed is more of personal preference and ability for most Slack users. There can be configuration issues that may really demand a particular method.

With the new package name convention we have the additional choice of AutoPkg. But considering the size of a Slack distro, an excellent internet connection or a local ethernet ftp server is really required for the operation. Could be of a real value in a commercial site. I have considered attempting this myself in a test configuration.

In version 8.1 Pat offered an UPGRADE.TXT file that was dependent upon the filename convention for removing the old packages. If an upgrade to 8.1 to 9.0 is attempted this would not apply. But the rest of the process could remain the same.

Removing the old system and installing the new is probably the most often used method. The effort required here is dependent on how the system is configured and how many apps will need to be rebuilt.

When I consider my own system, a root RAID workstation, and the need for minimal downtime for critical apps with highest reliablity I use an indirect fresh install. I install fresh on a blank hard disk on a second computer and insure that is operable. Then I install a base primitive installation on a maintenance partition (2 GByte). From that base system I transfer the entire tested installation of the second computer to my primary root RAID partition (4 GByte). Minor config changes and it is back online. This is the only method I have had in the past to install on a root RAID system. My downtime has always been less than 4 hours. Pulling the CD's and recompiling my other apps as required is normally spread over a week or so. I also have separate RAID partitions for /root, /home, and a couple of other dedicated storage areas. This greatly reduces the amount of backup and restore time required to upgrade.

Thank you for asking the question. I know that I would be interested in how others upgrade as well, especially if configured for root RAID.
Old 02-02-2003, 07:57 AM   #3
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I've used slackware before, but I've always wondered what happens to the current tree when a new stable release is made public.
I'm wondering again now coz it's time for a fresh install, but I'd hate to do a new install in let's say a week (purely hypothetic) when a new, stable release is made public.

When I plan to install the latest current and plan to stay as up to date as possible, will it be easy to upgrade to 9.0 or is that rather unpredictable? Or will it be best to do a fresh install?
What about the future released packages? Will every package made available for that new release, work when I upgrade?
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Does anyone have any time frame ideas for 9.0? It just seems that there is alot of talk of it and 8.1 just came out this summer.


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