[clug] Advice request on upgrade to Debian Squeeze - local mirrors?
felix.karpfen at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 16:58:35 MDT 2011
On Fri, 18 Mar 2011 07:55:17 +1100, Rob Bolin wrote:
> 8 DVDs? I only ever download the latest netinst image (180Mb) from
> http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst and then install anything and
> everything else from mirrors.
My monthly "broadband" quota is modest and the download speeds are
throttled when the quota is exceeded. So I do not think that a full "net
upgrade" is viable on my setup.
But a "2-step upgrade" is on the cards - especially as the "Debian
release notes" already recommend something that sounds similar to my ears.
The Debian routine reads:
Use "apt-get" to
1. run "update" and "upgrade"
2. install new kernel image and new udev and then reboot; and then
3. run "dist-upgrade.
I was curious to know if other CLUG members have tried my suggested
The suggestion is based on the hope is that "apt-get" will look at the
contents of the newly-installed DVD first, then check the suggested
mirror and, where possible, use a local file in preference to the mirror
file. At present, I have no grounds for entertaining this hope!
> The sources I use are:
> deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free>
> deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
> **deb http://mirror.linux.org.au/debian stable main non-free contrib**
> deb http://mirror.linux.org.au/debian testing main non-free contrib
> deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org testing main
It looks as though you run "testing" on your box. In which case, the
additional downloads may be modest when "testing" becomes "stable".
I am very grateful for the reference to "deb http://mirror.linux.org.au/
debian". I take it that "http" is smart enough to identify and use the
Thank you for the prompt and helpful advice.
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