Well, Debian "etch" is now officially Stable. Turning stable meant one thing: a major upgrade.
I like the fact that the software I use gets routinely updated. Going stable means that "etch" only gets security updates from now on. So, on to "lenny" - previously Unstable and now officially Testing.
The only thing required to perform the transformation is edit /etc/apt/sources.list and make sure that any reference to etch is replaced with testing. After that it's just a matter of pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1, logging in as root, and running
and then reboot.
Sounds easy enough ...
Well, not quite. But it wasn't too painful either. I encountered three issues:
- the djvulibre-plugin had a broken dependency - running
apt-get -f dist-upgrade
(as instructed by apt-get itself) resolved this issue,
- bacula was updated from version 1.38 to 2.0 - I intend to share my experiences regarding this issue in an upcoming post.
- gallery2 was updated from version 2.1 to 2.2 - I had to visit all three gallery sites that I maintain and let the upgrade wizard step me through the upgrade process.
The whole process (not counting bacula maintenance) took about an hour.
And now back to work...
[04 Nov. 2008] UPDATE: I've recently spotted the Lenny upgrade-advisor. It's a modular tool that's meant to perform some sanity checks on your system before upgrading (README). I haven't tried it myself - I'm just passing the word...