Upgrading to Debian 2.0 on x86 machines
To avoid problems in upgrading packages via dpkg, dselect, or dftp (due to possible libc5/libc6 conflicts), a special upgrade procedure is recommended. This document describes that procedure.
There are several ways to upgrade from an earlier version:
This is a script that will upgrade the programs in the correct order, and even download the deb's for you. Because of the continuing changes to the archive, a tar archive of the packages that were available at the time autoup.sh was last released is provided. This is available at the following sites:
This is the command line part of Debian's future package manager. It knows how to order packages and will download them from a local archive, http, and ftp sites. It is able to merge the info from several sites, so you can use a CD, an up to date mirror, and a non-us site for the best mix of speed, variety, and latest versions. Just run 'apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade'. The 'Bo' version is at: http://archive.debian.org/debian/dists/hamm/main/upgrade-i386/. The Bo version of apt-get is well tested. apt-get is officially part of the packaging system starting with slink.
- By hand
A HOWTO can be found at: $HOME/releases/hamm/autoup/libc5-libc6-Mini-HOWTO.html but as the autoup.sh simply automates this process this is the least convenient option.
Questions and Answers
Q: Why not just use dselect's ftp method like normal? A: It will not order the package installation correctly so can't guarantee a smooth upgrade. Work is being done on APT, a new front-end to dpkg. With apt, all future upgrades will be easier than ever and will not suffer from this type of inconvenience. Q: Ok, I did the upgrade, am I safe to do things again? A: Yes, you can use dselect again.