Edgy in the news

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au
Sun Oct 29 21:12:09 GMT 2006

On Sun, 29 Oct 2006 20:26:09 +0000
"m c" <markc.lists at googlemail.com> wrote:

>  - Could apt be patched to give clearer warnings that dist upgrading
> could break your system, and recommend that the user run upgrade
> manager instead. In fact, just run update-manager when the user tries
> this, whilst siulanousy taking their pony away from them

Umm - dist-upgrade is still a useful tool in certain contexts, especially
coupled with aptitude. Simply insisting on the update-manager strikes me as
rather unworkable anyway. Or is there a work-around for people whose X is
broken, or who are upgrading from a system without X or gnome etc ?

For example, one strategy for achieving an up-to-date install of Ubuntu is
to do a bare bones install without X and then install what is needed, say,
for an old system  that can't handle gnome or xfce. This is possible even
from an older install - for instance dapper + aptitude dist-upgrade + X
bits + fluxbox + upstart etc etc

Let's retain some flexibility if at all possible.


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