I'm going "unstable" tonight

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I'm going "unstable" tonight

Post by Ice9 » Thu Dec 30, 2004 6:19 am

So far my experience with the testing branch has been pretty good, a few minor problems but overall very good.
I feel like I've reached a stage where I can strat from scratch and be back up and running with the more or less same level of tuning within a couple of hours so I'm gonna give unstable a try.
I'm always looking for all the latest versions anyway so I might just take the plunge!

I'm gonna describe the steps I will take, please tell me if I forget anything, otherwise just wish me good luck :D

- # apt-get update
- # apt-get dist-upgrade
- change default branch in /etc/apt/apt.conf
- remove /etc/apt/preferences (pinning is not necessary anymore because I won't use mixed repositories)
- replace the testing repositories by unstable repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list
- # apt-get update
- # apt-get dist-upgrade
After this I will be either weeping/cursing/sweating because my system is totally sc**wed or jumping up and down on my chair contemplating the beauty of KDE 3.3.1 :twisted:

One thing I'm not totally clear about is the necessity of a debian.security repository when using unstable.
I think it's not needed because there is no specific packaging of security fixes for unstable, it's left to the original package maintainer to provide a new version of his package minus the security issue, so it's probably pretty pointless to include the debian.security entry from the testing branch ....

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Post by Void Main » Thu Dec 30, 2004 8:16 am

I have upgraded to SID in the same way you describe so I don't think you should have too many problems. I remember having apt die a few times in the process on the last upgrade but just did an "apt-get dist-upgrade" and it picked up where it left off. But that was on a SPARC system, I don't think I had any trouble on x86 systems. I think you are correct about the security repos, I don't believe there are any for SID (again, not in range of my Debian boxen at the moment).

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Post by Ice9 » Thu Dec 30, 2004 4:19 pm

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This may seem like no big deal for the regular users around here but I'm kinda proud of myself :D
I'm actually running Sid!

In a little less than 45 minutes apt-get fetched and installed/configured more than 450 packages, reboot and everything was still there and more importantly, still working!!!

Man, this feels sooooooooooooo good. :twisted:

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