Upgrading from 10.04.1 to Maverick 10.10

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Mon Oct 11 21:08:14 UTC 2010

Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 11/10/2010 22:26, Nils Kassube wrote:
> > Basil Chupin wrote:
> >> I will do a clean install tomorrow. All my most "can't do without"
> >> files (eg, Thunderbird, Mozilla, Documents..) are backed up - the
> >> rest in /home are all replaceable.
> >> 
> >> So, if you are thinking about upgrading or doing a clean install
> >> consider the above.
> > 
> > Yep, and also if you do an upgrade, make sure that you have a look
> > at the progress from time to time because you may be asked if you
> > want to keep individual config files or if they should be
> > replaced. I don't think the upgrade continues while it is waiting
> > for your answer.
> Thanks for the tip.
> But I don't really think that I will be doing an "upgrade". I will
> simply do a clean install.
>  From where I sit, it would be a lot quicker. But that's from where I
> sit :-) .

Sure it is quicker for you and I don't want to change your mind. But the 
tip was also meant for others who might want to do an upgrade. And for 
me an upgrade is more convenient because I don't have to spend the time 
to find out which additional packages were installed and install them 
after a fresh install.

> >> I guess the best way of doing it is to start the Update Manager
> >> and let it tell you what will happen and how long it will take to
> >> do an upgrade (and with, in my case, some 12 packages no longer
> >> supported, there will be debris sitting in your upgraded system).
> > 
> > The debris is not a real problem iMHO. After the upgrade you will
> > be asked if you want to keep the old packages if they are no
> > longer available. You might as well find out that those packages
> > are still available, just not in the main repository but in the
> > universe repo.
> The packages may be removed[1], but what about the config files in,
> say, /home and wherever? I've seen posts which suggest that such
> files are not removed and may cause system hiccups.

Hmm, I don't think that config files of applications that are no longer 
installed could cause system hiccups. I don't know about Gnome, but I 
haven't seen it happen with KDE.


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