unattended update-manager

Pierre Frenkiel pierre.frenkiel at laposte.net
Sat Apr 26 13:45:51 UTC 2008

On Sat, 26 Apr 2008, Oliver Grawert wrote:

> thats sadly hard to do with a system upgrade since there might be
> conffiles you changed manually which need human input to not break your
> setup by blindly overwriting things

   I don't understand you point. There are several ways to achieve the desired result,
   each of them seeming not so hard to do:
     1/ postpone all the choices about config files to the end of the upgrade
     2/ provide a flag --keep ==> keep the user's file, and create xx.conf-new
     3/ provide a flag --replace ==> move the user's file to xx.conf-old
          and put in place the new file.
     in cases 2 and 3, the user can very easily, after the upgrade,
     review all config files, and do what he/she wants.

   Anyway, the proposed workarounds (download the packages first / burn the cd)
   seems a good improvement. I did the first step. I have now to do the upgrade,
   and check wether it takes actully  40 minutes.


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