[BLUG] newbee

Barry Schatz sorbetninja at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 16:58:05 EST 2009

I can't even imagine how you would do a dist-upgrade from a liveCD in
Debian. The closest I can get to that is either chroot-ing into the
installed system or bind-mounting parts of /var to know which packages
are installed.

Then again, I haven't done a real dist-upgrade in a long time. I use a
combination of testing and unstable packages and treat it like a rolling


PS. For the uninitiated, Debian has five repositories: oldstable,
stable, testing, unstable and experimental. stable is the latest
released version, oldstable is the previously released version, testing
is the staging ground for the next release, unstable is software deemed
acceptable for distribution that hasn't been in the archive (repository)
long enough or has too many bugs to go into testing, and experimental is
beta or pre-release software. stable is more appropriate for production
systems and testing is better for hobbyists who need more current
versions of software.
A "rolling release" is when the distribution doesn't have official
release milestones, but updates the individual packages as they are
deemed worthy. Arch Linux does this, I believe.

Steven Black wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 04:16:45PM -0500, Steven Black wrote:
>> To my knowledge there is only one way to update a Debian-based system,
>> and that is online. Booting from CD is fine if you need to repartition
> I meant to say "live" instead of "online".
>> and reinstall, but to my knowledge Debian has never explicitly supported
>> booting from a CD to perform an update. Sure, it might work, but you'd
>> be better off doing it live and using the CD as a package store.
> I used the correct word later, so hopefully it made sense.
> Cheers,
> Steven Black
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