Strange issue upgrading from Edgy to Feisty -- or is it an issue?

Howard Coles Jr. dhcolesj at
Thu Apr 26 21:03:01 UTC 2007

On Thursday 26 April 2007 02:18:06 pm Wafa Hakim Orman wrote:
> Hi,
> I went through the standard network install from Edgy to Feisty on my
> desktop & everything worked perfectly. I am now trying to go from Edgy
> to Feisty on my Toshiba A45 Satellite notebook & things are rather weird.
> What happens is, I go to adept-manager, I update the repositories, it
> tells me there is a new version available, I click ok, it downloads the
> first update tool & then vanishes. Poof, out of sight. Adept-manager
> stays open but there is no sign of the distribution upgrade interface.
> (On my desktop there was a separate window showing the progress of the
> distribution upgrade.)
> When I look through my repositories, I see that they have all been
> changed to Feisty. When I try to exit Adept-manager, it says there are
> uncommitted updates -- it wants to install 1048 new packages, all of
> which are Feisty packages.
> This is a work machine with a lot of important software & data on it (at
> least the data is safe in its own /home partition) but will it be safe
> to just let it install all those Feisty packages? Will that achieve a
> distribution upgrade, as seamless as on the other computer?
> I don't know if this is important, but when I went from Dapper to Edgy
> on this notebook that is now acting funny, I had used the network
> upgrade, just changing all instances of dapper to edgy in my
> sources.list & doing apt-get dist-upgrade. On the desktop, that had not
> worked so I had to format the / partition & install Edgy from a cd. Now
> it looks like the roles may have been reversed between my two machines...
> Any ideas?

yes, leave the feisty repos in your sources.list, but use synaptic.

Why?  Because synaptic will resolve more conflicts and help you get more 
packages installed that you need.

1st.  Make a list of all the applications you NEED so you can later make sure 
they are still, or can be installed.

2nd.  DO NOT REBOOT until every upgradable package is upgraded or removed from 
the system!!  THIS IS VERY important.  That's why I like synaptic It'll keep 
them in front of you until you're done.

3rd.  Once you're happy.  Restart the machine.  You should be ok.

If you can't get update manager to at least get you started then this method 
should work.  

One last NOTE:  Make sure you have any important data backed up, and 
verified!! Can't stress that enough.

See Ya'
Howard Coles Jr.
John 3:16!

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