[ubuntu-uk] Upgrade instead of install

Tez binary_y2k2 at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Nov 2 19:06:24 GMT 2006

Bernard G Hill wrote:
> Hi,
> I wish to go from Dapper to Edgy without doing an installation and
> loosing all my settings and other bits which are installed on D.
> U/K/E and the rest have made the installation process very simple by the
> use of a live distribution which can be installed, but I would like to
> have the opportunity to upgrade from D to E, keeping everything on the
> existing system.
> I know I can upgrade on the net as I have read the appropriate pages of
> instruction but I want to upgrade from CD. Is this possible from the
> live/install disc or is a different disc required?
> For future releases, is it possible for the live CD to have an upgrade
> icon as well as an install icon, or would it be better for a different
> CD to be issued? As more and more computer ignorant users like myself
> are persuaded to join the Ubuntu camp, this upgrade business is going to
> be increasingly important so that it can be done without losing all the
> present system. One thing which will scare off the ordinary user, is
> saying that upgrading is a doddle, all that is needed is to issue the
> following commands, and then quote a long incantation of jargon which is
> virtually meaningless to anyone but a computer geek. The GUI has been
> very successful as the way for the ordinary user to interface with the
> computer. The necessary command has been issued by clicking on an icon;
> what that command is the user doesn't care so long as the end result is
> what is wanted.
> Any help which anyone is able to give will be very much appreciated.
> Berni.
If you want to upgrade from CD then you'll have to use the Alternate CD[1].
This is because on the Live CD the packages are installed in to the
squashfs file and are just copped over to the install system. There are
some packages on the Live CD in the repository on the disk, but not the
whole system. The alternate CD has all the packages on the disk so you
can use that.
Also note that only the packages in the main and restricted repository
will be upgraded from the CD, so if you have any universe or multiverse
packages installed then you will have to download the updates of them.
Also I don't think ALL the packages in the main and restricted
repository's are on the disk anyway, so you'll have to download some.


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