Move to 8.04, Hardy Heron

David Curtis dcurtis at
Mon Jun 16 23:59:26 UTC 2008

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Michael.Coll-Barth at wrote:
> Hi all!
> Who picks those names?  When we get to 'N', how about Needy Nerd?  :)  
> This weekend, I actually went so far as to click on the Upgrade button
> for 8.04.  Then I saw how long the download would take, multiplied that
> by 5 ( the number of Ubuntu systems I have ) and said 'nyet'.  I found
> an old email in this forum that talked about doing upgrades using the
> alternative CD.  So, I went and downloaded it and tried the following
> suggestion.

Excellent idea to save time/bandwidth. But you would probably still have
to do a 'sudo aptitude update' and ' sudo aptitude upgrade' to finish it

> 	If the upgrade dialog is not displayed for any reason, you may
> also run the following command using Alt+F2:

Alt-F2 just brings up the 'Run Program' window in the GUI. Similar to
'Run' on Windows.

> 	gksu "sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade"
> Alt+F2 did nothing for me.  Where would I type this command?

You could type it in a terminal (but why did Alt-F2 do nothing? are you
booted up into your old install?)  You should be able to find one in the
Applications menu.

Or hit Ctrl-Alt-F1 (Ctrl-Alt-F7 to get back to X) login and type 'sudo
sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade' there. Of course depending on how many optical
devices you have will depend on whether it's cdrom or /media/cdrom0 or
/media/cdrom1 etc. I believe /media/cdrom0 maps to /cdrom.

> I already backed up /home ( ain't rsync grand? ) and that fresh install
> is looking quite sweet.  However, how do I resurrect the Users?   I
> would like to be able to restore all of the Users with their passwords,
> groups, etc.

Uh-oh, I'm afraid all of that stuff is stored in /etc, if you've gone
with a fresh install...gulp!
> Is there a way to rebuild the menus, short of manually creating the
> them?

Some of that could be global and configurations stored in /etc. Some of
it could be local and the configurations stored in /home/{user}.
> Finally, a manual update of the grub.conf entries with the new vmlinuz
> and initrd names would be needed.  Correct?

Why? Did you install a custom kernel? This should be done by a script in
the new kernel package (whether fresh install or upgrade).
> Thanks!
> Michael

I hate to ask Michael, but what exactly have you done here? An upgrade
(hopefully) or a fresh install (gulp)?

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