Better Remote Upgrade Capabilities - Ideas?

Soren Hansen soren at
Fri Sep 14 23:23:49 UTC 2007

On Fri, Sep 14, 2007 at 10:43:32AM -0600, Kevin Fries wrote:
> Here is how I would do this in Fedora:
[... snip a bunch of deep dark Fedora magic ...]

> The version upgrade process from one version of Ubuntu to another has
> been troublesome for the most part. 

Are you really serious? "do-release-upgrade" is troublesome, but
extracting ISO's, copying ISOLINUX stuff around, fiddling with grub
configuration, setting up VNC listeners and then doing a point-and-click
sort of upgrade thing is not troublesome?

> If I wanted to produce a similar methodology for version upgrades,
> where would someone suggest I start?

I would honestly suggest no to start at all. I mean no offense, I'm just
completely speechless that this is really what you want? How many
machines do you have to do this to at a time?

> The parts I like most of the above process are the "Start the install
> process, and remote the screen to a VNC client listening elsewhere to
> actually perform the upgrade."

The part about upgrades *I* like is the part between where I type
"do-release-upgrade" and the part where I get my prompt back. I usually
spend that time making a cup of coffee and drinking it.

Soren Hansen
Ubuntu Server Team
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