Does anybody use apt-get dist-upgrade to upgrade to Hardy?

Derek Broughton news at
Tue May 6 16:12:42 UTC 2008

Oliver Grawert wrote:

> hi,
> Am Dienstag, den 06.05.2008, 13:54 +0000 schrieb Derek Broughton:
>> Derek Broughton <news <at>> writes:
>> > 
>> > Oliver Grawert wrote:
>> > 
>> > > use update-manager-core for commandline upgrades, dont use apt-get if
>> > > you cant handle the fallout you get with it (u-m has builtin handling
>> > > for a ton of special cases to guarantee a smooth upgrade in any case.
>> > 
>> > Guarantee?  That's a huge improvement over Gutsy...
>> > 
>> > I tried update-manager for the first time with gutsy, and it broke, so
>> > I went back to aptitude.
>> Grmble....
>> Sorry, Oliver, I want my money back :-)

> oh, no problem, i'll personally give back every cent to you you had to
> pay for the software on the ubuntu CD, just send me the bill :P

Thanks - I've already received it :-)  That's fast service.

>> There should be a decent warning that it can't run in a reasonable
>> business
>> day.  It ran 6+ hours - with much disk activity for the last two, where
>> it didn't actually seem to do anything - before I had to turn off my
>> laptop.

> aptitude wont help you if your mirror is slow, which one is your system
> using ?

It's not the download - everything was downloaded, and installed, and I'd
even had the chance to decide which config files to keep and which to

I'm not sure _what_ it was doing that last two hours - apparently nothing
important!  I couldn't manage to do anything after rebooting, because the
LVMs hadn't mounted, so I had no /usr.  However, after starting from a
rescue disk, I discovered there was nothing actually wrong with the LVM
partitions that couldn't be fixed with an fsck, and the system seems to be
fully upgraded (except - lsb_release says _nothing_ and I haven't tried
booting from the _new_ kernel, as it wasn't booting at all while my LVs
were broken).  So it seems the install really was complete - and why it was
spinning my disk is a mystery.

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