[LAU] Upgrading (was Re: Ardour and xrun markers)

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Tue Jan 4 18:52:07 UTC 2011

Arnold Krille wrote:
> On Tuesday 04 January 2011 15:25:08 S C Rigler wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 7:17 AM, Peder Hedlund <peder at musikhuset.org> wrote:
>>> And a tip once you upgrade lanas: buy a new harddrive and do a fresh
>>> install.
>>> You can even keep the old one and set up the bootloader to dual-boot your
>>> old system if you feel like you need to experiment with the new system
>>> first.
>>> I second this, especially when upgrading from something as old Fedora 8.
>> IIRC, the upgrade process takes significantly longer than a fresh install
>> would and the chances of catastrophic failure are pretty high (as in
>> "certain").
> While I do encounter the odd failure in updates every now and then, the number 
> of catastrophic failures (possibly resulting in data-loss) has been zero with 
> SuSE, Gentoo and ubuntu (*). The hours spent getting watching one system to 
> upgrade while working with another where much better used then the hours spent 
> setting up a new system with all the small quirks and settings to re-create my 
> needed working environment.
> My advice: If there is a supported upgrade-path for your distribution, use it.
> Have fun,
> Arnold
> (*) My only data-loss was from gentoo to ubuntu where I tried to be smarter 
> then some system-tools, messed around with the partition-table and fucked up 
> big time. Thanks to backups and version-control-systems only un-important mail 
> was lost. And some time after I deleted direct copies of the disk-space 
> concerned I learned about testdisk which would have helped in that case too...

Tried an upgrade once from Ubuntu 8.04 to Ubuntu 9. Didn't lose anmy 
data, but got a hosed system.

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