upgrade from 9.04 - 9.10: the most broken Ubuntu / Debian upgrade I have ever experienced

Paul Smith paul at mad-scientist.us
Tue Nov 3 16:49:36 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-11-03 at 08:38 -0800, Shentino wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 7:22 AM, Paul Smith <paul at mad-scientist.us>
> wrote:

>         One thing I was sure to do was make sure all my packages on 9.04 were up
>         to date and I had performed any system reboots required before I started
>         the upgrade.
> IMHO, if this IS a cause of problems, then it sounds like a good thing
> to be covered by sanity checking code in dist-upgrade.  

You mean in update-manager.  Raw dist-upgrade should not be used to
upgrade to new releases of Ubuntu.

Maybe update-manager does make this check; I don't know.  Or possibly
that step is not needed, or is not always needed: there's a reasonable
school of thought that says why upgrade to the latest patch of package
"foo" when you're just going to turn around and install a completely new
version of "foo" when you jump to Karmic?  For 99% of packages "foo"
that is probably quite sensible.  For a small fraction (update-manager
itself for sure, and maybe some other similar packages) it might make a
huge difference.

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