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lwfitz

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« on: June 29, 2013, 05:18:58 PM »
Just a quick question......

What are the best update habits for SID?

I have been updating with

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sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
once a week or so and seem to have  around 125 updates each week. Is once a week often enough to update? Or to often (if possible)?

Also is dist-upgrade still the recommended update command?

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Re: Best update procedures
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2013, 05:59:02 PM »
I use smxi which does dist-upgrade but have been running it every couple of days.
It seems that upgrades are coming more frequently now that Wheezy has become stable.
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Re: Best update procedures
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2013, 02:32:27 AM »
Daily lwfitz, it is the only choice....

I have been running SID for a long time (5 years) and the absolute best thing you can do is daily updates to avoid massive updates and those dreaded dependency breakdowns

This is the main reason why I included aliases so that users can easily do them daily
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Re: Best update procedures
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2013, 07:35:25 AM »
If there is a massive amount of stuff when I want to do a dist-upgrade, is it then better to do an upgrade first, and the dist-upgrade after that?
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2013, 04:44:46 PM »
Good question blaze, but since I only use dist-upgrade I am not sure which is better
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Re: Best update procedures
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2013, 05:20:42 PM »
@ VastOne and jst_joe

Thanks guys. For safety sake Ill start updating daily  :)

@ Blaze

Thats a great question. Seems like that could really limit breakage or dependency issues.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013, 12:28:47 AM »
If you're tracking SID, you always want to do a dist-upgrade and not an upgrade.  You can think of an upgrade in SID like a brake in an ice storm.  Treat both like they don't exist.  ;)
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2013, 01:05:04 AM »
^ Perfectly said...  ;D
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2013, 06:13:51 AM »
ok, but if I am on lets say a 3.7.2 kernel and with a dist- upgrade will get a 3.9.8 kernel, is it still better to just do a dist-upgrade, and not an upgrade first, and after that do a dist-upgrade, I am talking massive upgrade with maybe 600 - 700 package upgrades, + 60 - 80 of new package installs?  and is it possible to do a sort of "safe upgrade" with apt-get, like you can do with aptitude?
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2013, 11:29:11 AM »
On SID, you always want to do a dist-upgrade.
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2013, 08:52:01 PM »
If you're tracking SID, you always want to do a dist-upgrade and not an upgrade.  You can think of an upgrade in SID like a brake in an ice storm.  Treat both like they don't exist.  ;)
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Perfect, thanks Hinto.

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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2013, 10:12:59 PM »
I ran a single install of Kanotix, when it was based on SID, for about 6 years using the h2 scripts, which are now called smxi.
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