[clug] Advice request on upgrade to Debian Squeeze - local mirrors?
felix.karpfen at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 00:13:36 MDT 2011
On Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:09:45 +1100, Hal Ashburner wrote:
> Change your TPG plan, Felix, They offer more quota than you could
> possibly need for cheap.
According to the link, "broadbandoffnet" is not available in my neck of
the woods (Weston Creek).
> Dist-upgrades on debian stable have a 100% success rate for me having
> done them countless times.
I can give you two distinct reasons why I failed in my only two previous
attempts ; the first was due to an oversight (on my part) and the second
was due to a misunderstanding (on my part) of the of the offered choices.
> On stable the only packages that will get updated by a dist-upgrade are
> those that require security fixes.
Does not sound right to me. From hazy recollections, my first dist-
upgrade included a major re-organisation due to the introduction of
"Xorg" and my second dist-upgrade threatened to change the identification
of my HD partitions from "hdx" to "sdx" (which did not happen but is
still being flagged as a possible change in the current "dist-upgrade")
> Even if something inexplicably
> failed, you have your home directory backed up anyway so you can abandon
> an install and start again if required, right? Right?
Right, if the dist-upgrade is actually a clean install of the OS and the
information in my "home" partition is added as an afterthought. That
works - after a fashion. I used to do that in long-past RedHat days when
that was the only upgrade route on offer. I have never done that since
switching to Debian.
> If you don't have your home directory backed up they you $%&*#$@ well
Thanks to a nifty package called "snapshot" (pointed out to me by CLUG),
my "home" directory is backed up every Sunday (at 2.45 am).
> Ok so you install your whole system from dvds.
Looks as though I will have to bite the bullet (again!).
Thank you for sharing your experience.
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