Offline Intrepid Upgrade

Karl Larsen k5di at
Tue Oct 14 00:40:03 UTC 2008

Slim Joe wrote:
> 2008/10/13, Arthur H. Johnson II <arthur.johnson at>:
>> On Mon, 13 Oct 2008, Slim Joe wrote:
>>> I plan to beat the stampede. Is there a way to
>>> download the packages necessary to upgrade U8.04
>>> -- without performing the upgrade itself?
>>> Sort of like upgrade-manager -d --downloadonly?
>>> Basically I plan to store (probably using aptoncd)
>>> packages unlikely to upgraded between now and Oct.
>>> 30 (e.g. packages automatically merged from
>>> Debian). Then I'll just torrent the release CD.
>> If you change the apt sources to intrepid, you can run:
>> apt-get -d -y dist-upgrade
>> That will cache the packages in your apt sources.
> I found a dumber solution (than editing the apt sources):
> (1) run "sudo update-manager -d"
> (2) choose the distribution upgrade option
> (3) let Ubuntu download the update tool
> (4) run the update tool until the first packages
> are downloaded
> (5) without aborting the upgrade* (yet), run synaptic as a regular user
> (6) click on the icon "Mark All Upgrades"
> (7) choose menu "File / Generate package download script"
> (8) abort the upgrade
> You are now ready to run as a regular user the
> that consists of a series
> of "wget package.deb" lines.
> The downloaded packages can then be copied over
> to /var/cache/apt/archives using either (a) synaptic
> or (b) a simple "cp" command.
> Caveat:
> [*] No changes will be made to the system until
> all packages are downloaded so it should be safe
> to run and abort the update until then. Unless
> you're downloading just a few MB's or KB's of
> files, you should have at least a few minutes to
> abort before the upgrade reaches the point of
> no return.
    If you want to beat the rush, find out when it is first available, 
and then add 30 days. That is the date to d/l your copy.



	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
	Linux User
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