Upgrading from 6.10 to 7.04

Michael Hirsch mdhirsch at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 21:15:29 BST 2007


I'd say that you are being optimistic.  I've found this upgrade to be
one of the worst I've ever experienced.

I didn't have your update-manager crash problem on wither of my upgrades, but

1. multimedia was broken.  I had to install libxine1-ffmpeg which
doesn't sound so bad except that it wasn't in any repository I knew to
look in, nor was it obvious that it was necessary.  I ended up finding
it on a Debian download link and downloading it.  I used dpkg to
install it which cleared up all my multimedia problems.

2. I couldn't log in on my machine.  Something changed a lot in the
bash initialization stuff and I ended up with a completely hosed path
making KDE fail catastrophically.  It took a while to see where the
problem was.

3. My wife's kernel can't read the root partition after the kernel
boots.  I've been able to work around that by booting the edgy kernel
in feisty.  Not a good solution.

All three of these problems would have been impossible for a layman to
solve.  I had believed that Ubuntu was the distro I could recommend to
my friends, butif I did they would all be trying a fresh install about
now.

I hope that a fresh install would have gone better, but I haven't tried it, yet.

Michael

On 4/26/07, Howard Coles Jr. <dhcolesj at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thursday 26 April 2007 02:43:00 am Ace wrote:
> > hi all,
> >
> > I've 6.04 installed on my laptop. But right now i want to upgrade to
> > 7.04. Is there anyway to upgrade it using 7.04 installation cd?
> > without formating all the system file?
> >
> > And I've heard some people upgrade to 7.04 using repository. How I do that?
> >
> > Thx...
>
> Upgrading via the repositories is FAR easier, and can be done via the upgrade
> instructions on the kubuntu site.
>
> I have upgraded 2 laptops, and 1 desktop and there are some issues, but if
> you're ready for them they are no big deal.  I have also done a fresh install
> on another laptop.
>
> Know that the "update-manager" is going to crash at some point.
>         no problem because "sudo apt-get update" and then "sudo apt-get upgrade" will
> finish the job.  It will prompt you with a special command
> (like "dpkg --configure -a" if something dies in the middle of set up).
>         you may also need to run "apt-get -f install" to clear some things.
>
> Try this on a machine other than the one you are using to contact the list, or
> get very familiar with apt and dpkg first.  If you pay attention to what you
> are doing you can get upgraded with minimal fuss.
>
> I like using synaptic because it helps with resolving conflicts FAR better
> than adept, aptitude, or apt-get by itself.  Synaptic shows you what has to
> be removed if you upgrade something, if indeed there is a conflict.
>
> Synaptic also keeps what hasn't upgraded in front of you so you know when you
> are done.
>
> The down side to a fresh install is remembering what you had installed.
> So, if you decide to go that route, run:
> sudo dpkg --get-selections > installed.txt
> edit installed.txt and take out references to the Linux kernel (linux-image,
> linux-restricted, linux-headers, or linux-source).
> You may also want to go through and see if there are any apps you really don't
> want to re-install.  If you are not sure if you need it, remove it from the
> list.  If its needed as a part of a dependency apt will automatically install
> it, or you can install the app that needed it later with synaptic, adept or
> whatever.
>
> Also, save off a copy of your sources.list file so you can edit it and change
> the references to feisty, especially if you install stuff from other third
> party repositories.
> Then after you do a fresh install and get your box back up you can:
> 1.  Edit the sources.list file to include all the repositories you want to
> use.
> 2.  execute the following (either in a script or in order):
> sudo apt-get update
> sudo dpkg --set-selections < installed.txt
> sudo apt-get -u dselect-upgrade
>
> Note:  Put the above three lines, minus the "sudo " part, in a file
> called "restoreapps.sh" add "#!/bin/bash" with the double quotes at the top
> of the file, and set the permissions to execute and you wont have to type all
> that mess in.  Then you can execute it by running:
> sudo ./restoreapps.sh
> and get your apps back.
>
> I'm also assuming above you put the "installed.txt" file in a location that
> will not get wiped when you format / or /boot.
>
> --
> See Ya'
> Howard Coles Jr.
> John 3:16!
>
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