[ubuntu-nz] 8.10

Paulus Herewini paulus.h at paradise.net.nz
Tue Nov 4 04:02:12 GMT 2008

Great, both solutions sound great, I'll look into apt-cacher before the 
next release.

Dave Lane wrote:
> Good suggestion on the apt-cacher, Jason - that's what we use at
> Egressive...
> Alternatively, Paulus, you can do the following:
> 1. update your first machine over the network.
> 2. examine the /var/cache/apt/archives directory.
> 3. rsync the /var/cache/apt/archives/*.deb to the
> /var/cache/apt/archives on another machine via ssh, e.g., if you're
> logged on to the machine you want to upgrade:
> sudo rsync -av -e ssh username at ip.of.upgraded /var/cache/apt/archives
> That should transfer the files from the upgraded machine to the
> un-upgraded machine, meaning that aptitude or synaptic or update-manager
>  (if you run them after doing the rsync) won't have to download them
> again...
> Cheers,
> Dave
> Paulus Herewini wrote:
>> Dave Lane wrote:
>>> Paulus,
>>> If you want to retain your existing Ubuntu install and simply upgrade it
>>> to the next distribution version (Hardy to Intrepid, for example), then
>>> I don't recommend doing it via the CDROM - I've always done it via a
>>> network upgrade: do-dist-upgrade on the command line or via "dist
>>> upgrade" option on the update manager window (usually shows up the day
>>> of the official dist release by Ubuntu).
>>> I've upgrade - in situ - from Breezy on up, and, although there've been
>>> a few wrinkles along the way, I've never had any major problems.  I
>>> upgraded from Hardy to Intrepid over labour weekend (to the Release
>>> Candidate of Intrepid) and didn't have any big issues, except those I'd
>>> created for myself by introducing non-Ubuntu repositories, etc., but
>>> managed to work those all out without too many hassles.
>>> Personally, I think the apt/deb approach to upgrades is amazing, and
>>> given the huge complexity of something like a Linux distro (far more
>>> complex than, say, a Windows upgrade, due to the potentially 20,000
>>> additional packages that might be installed and all need upgrading as
>>> well), it's quite awe inspiring that it works at all.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Dave
>> Thanks, yes I agree. A few years ago after being put off by Red Hat, the 
>> first time I discovered debian's apt-get's "super cow powers" I was 
>> amazed and converted to linux that day.
>> I would usually do a network upgrade but I have to upgrade several 
>> machines and wanted to save on bandwidth (around 1GB per upgrade?). 
>> Although I will not bother in the future and just stay up till 12am 
>> (off-peak bandwidth) and initiate the network upgrades then =).
>> Now I'm backing up my /home and /var/svn dirs, around 55,000 files.

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