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[solved] Is dist-upgrade safe to use on Jessie

Postby purplepenguin » Thu May 08, 2014 10:21 am

Hi all

I've installed Debian Jesssie with KDE and I'm very happy with it so far.

I keep getting a popup that tells me there are 29 upgrades available. When I run
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apt-get upgrade


the output tells me:
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The following packages have been kept back:
  akregator kaddressbook kmail knotes kopete korganizer libcalendarsupport4 libeventviews4 libincidenceeditorsng4 libkdepim4 libkdepimdbusinterfaces4 libkdgantt2-0 libkleo4
  libkmanagesieve4 libkopete4 libkpgp4 libksieve4 libksieveui4 libmailcommon4 libmailimporter4 libmessagecomposer4 libmessagecore4 libmessagelist4 libmessageviewer4 libokularcore3
  libpimcommon4 libsendlater4 libtemplateparser4 okular
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 29 not upgraded.


Now. I've been reading the Debian forums and there seems to be two ways to go.

1 use
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apt-get dist-upgrade

Which will apparently install the packages.

2 install the packages manually.

From what I understand the dist-upgrade route will remove some packages and install the others that have been held back. Is this a safe approach to use on Debian Testing? I remember running dist-upgrade on a Mint (Ubuntu base) system and it caused no end of headaches. So I'm a little hesitant to use it on my freshly installed Debian system.

Here's the output of /etc/apt/sources.list

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lee@mainpc:~$ sudo cat /etc/apt/sources.list
[sudo] password for lee:
#

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Jessie_ - Official Snapshot amd64 kde-CD Binary-1 20140428-07:25]/ jessie main

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Jessie_ - Official Snapshot amd64 kde-CD Binary-1 20140428-07:25]/ jessie main

deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free

# jessie-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ jessie-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ jessie-updates main contrib non-free

# jessie-backports, previously on backports.debian.org
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ jessie-backports main
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ jessie-backports main

# Mint Debian repo for firefox
# deb http://packages.linuxmint.com debian import


I added the contrib and non-free parts to the repos and the Mint Debain repo which is commented out. I don't think this will cause any problems.

I'm not sure which way is the best approach. use dist-upgrade, install manually or do I need to change the sources.list back to it's default?

TIA
PP
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Postby arochester » Thu May 08, 2014 10:33 am

I run Debian Jessie and I have had no problems from apt-get upgrade and apt-get dist-upgrade.

Unless you are a total geek you don't need source code. In your sources list you should put # at the beginning of every line that starts deb-src.
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Postby roseway » Thu May 08, 2014 11:39 am

There's no such thing as jessie-backports (backports only applies to the stable distro, currently Wheezy).

I do aptitude full-upgrade every day, but I always read carefully what it says it's going to do before OKing it.
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Postby purplepenguin » Thu May 08, 2014 12:10 pm

roseway wrote:There's no such thing as jessie-backports (backports only applies to the stable distro, currently Wheezy).

I do aptitude full-upgrade every day, but I always read carefully what it says it's going to do before OKing it.


I was unsure about that one too. I don't remember adding the Jessie backports. I assumed it was there from the start. Guess I must have put it in. I did use debgen web site to try and add multimedia repos. I must have ticked the backports box too.

deb-src commented out and Jessie backports removed. Thanks.
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