[ubuntu-uk] Upgrading to 8.04

Tony Travis ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Mon Apr 28 17:13:41 BST 2008

Stephen O'Neill wrote:
> Tony Arnold wrote:
>> I've been the same and am sore;y tempted to re-install from scratch.
> I have been very tempted to do a fresh install too - tracker never
> seemed to work for me and I'm convinced that I'm not getting 100%
> shinyness having upgraded from Feisty to Gutsy and now Hardy through the
> various hacks/workarounds that I've done along the way.
> What do others think? - am I being needlessly paranoid, will I do the
> 'fresh install' and end up being disappointed given that everything
> currently seems to 'work'? Maybe 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'?

Hello, Stephen.

I upgraded my laptop from 6.06.1 LTS -> 7.10 -> 8.04 LTS and both 
upgrades worked fine except for Tracker (now disabled) and Evolution 
Data Server (now disabled Evolution Alarm Notifier). However, I think 
both of these have been flagged up by people doing clean installs.

One tip that I would recommend to *everyone* is to make sure the APT 
database on your Ubuntu is consistent before upgrading using:

	aptitude -f install

The '-f' means try hard to fix broken packages, and NO packages are 
specified for installation. I also recommend using 'dummy' aptitude 
installs if, for some reason, you have to install using apt-get or dpkg.

The Debian recommended way of installing packages from the command-line 
now is to use "aptitude" instead of "apt-get". It's more robust, and it 
removes orphaned packages. I suspect that some of the upgrade problems 
people have been reporting are because the APT database on the systems 
are inconsistent.

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