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Release Notes for Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (`sarge'), Intel x86
Appendix A - Managing your woody system

This appendix contains information on how to make sure you can install or upgrade woody packages before you upgrade to sarge. This should only be necessary in specific situations.

A.1 Upgrading your woody system

Basically this is no different than any other upgrade of woody you've been doing. The only difference is that you first need to make sure your package list still contains woody packages as explained in Checking your sources list, Section A.3.

A.2 Installing woody version of aptitude

First you need to make sure you will install woody's version of aptitude and not sarge's by following the instructions in Checking your sources list, Section A.3.

After that, just execute

     # apt-get install aptitude

to install aptitude.

A.3 Checking your sources list

If any of the lines in your /etc/apt/sources.list refer to 'stable', you are effectively already "using" sarge. If you have already run apt-get update, you can still get back without problems following the procedure below.

If you have also already installed packages from sarge, there probably is not much point in installing packages from woody anymore. In that case you will have to decide for yourself whether you want to continue or not. It is possible to downgrade packages, but that is not covered here.

Open the file /etc/apt/sources.list with your favorite editor (as root) and check all lines beginning with deb http: or deb ftp: for a reference to "stable". If you find any, change stable to woody.

If you have any lines starting with deb file:, you will have to check for yourself if the location they refer to contains a woody or a sarge archive.

Important! Do not change any lines that begin with deb cdrom:. Doing so would invalidate the line and you would have to run apt-cdrom again. Do not be alarmed if a 'cdrom' source line refers to "unstable". Although confusing, this is normal.

If you've made any changes, save the file and execute

     # apt-get update

to refresh the package list.

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Release Notes for Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (`sarge'), Intel x86

$Id: release-notes.en.sgml,v 1.71 2006/09/18 13:21:10 fjp Exp $

Josip Rodin, Bob Hilliard, Adam Di Carlo, Anne Bezemer, Rob Bradford (current), Frans Pop (current)