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    Re: partial upgrade?

    I think I've done three partial upgrades, and I installed Karmic somewhere around Alpha 3 or 4. Occasionally it is necessary, as when an old package needs to go to make room for a new one. If there's some updates you really want that are being held back, go ahead and select 'Partial Upgrade'. But before you start installing anything, click 'details' and check which packages are being removed. If there is only one or two, check into what they are - chances are they are being replaced by something else you are installing. If there are more than two be very cautious. If there are thirty of forty packages to be removed including gnome and xorg (I saw this once), then use your brains and cancel out of that upgrade.

    There is still a chance of severely breaking your system even if you never run a partial upgrade (as in the boot failures of Alpha 5 era), if you happen to update at the wrong time. But for the most part, if you check what is to be installed and pay special attention to anything that it asks to remove, you should be okay. Well, as okay as can be expected when running a testing version of an OS.

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    Re: partial upgrade?

    I really hope this topic will be a sticky for 10.04.

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    Re: partial upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slug71 View Post
    I really hope this topic will be a sticky for 10.04.
    Would be nice.
    There are 3 threads on the 1rst page here all with some sort of 'partial upgrade' questions (drama)
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    Re: partial upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by DougieFresh4U View Post
    Would be nice.
    There are 3 threads on the 1rst page here all with some sort of 'partial upgrade' questions (drama)
    Well, it does seem to be a not so easy question to answer.
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    Re: partial upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by oboedad55 View Post
    Well, it does seem to be a not so easy question to answer.
    partial upgrade? no!
    Not trying to be funny
    That's one of the reasons why I don't use 'Update Manager'.
    I like to use the terminal for updating, and when I see some thing for removal, I just abort until I investigate.
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    Re: partial upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by DougieFresh4U View Post
    partial upgrade? no!
    Not trying to be funny
    That's one of the reasons why I don't use 'Update Manager'.
    I like to use the terminal for updating, and when I see some thing for removal, I just abort until I investigate.
    That's a good point. When I started with Linux there wasn't much in the way of gui programs. I think I've gotten too dependent on them recently. When I see "Partial Upgrade", it looks like "Warning, Will Robinson!". It's hard not to push that button!
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    Re: partial upgrade?

    i think it would be interesting if someone could say if the "update manager" will remove packages.

    From what i've seen it will not (and is one of the causes getting a partial up???? in the update manager

    ( maybe the terminology difference is 'partial upgrade' vs. 'partial update' ...?

    edit: in other words I find the update manager very safe to use, what it can't install I investigate in synaptic to see why
    Last edited by mc4man; October 4th, 2009 at 08:43 AM.

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    Re: partial upgrade?

    I was getting a partial upgrade message yesterday, but "apt-get dist-upgrade" was showing no issues, and it updated fine. I'm not sure what the problem was.

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    Re: partial upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by FormerSlacker View Post
    I was getting a partial upgrade message yesterday, but "apt-get dist-upgrade" was showing no issues, and it updated fine. I'm not sure what the problem was.
    It tells you exactly what it is going to do. It pays to read the fine print before replying with a y.

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    Re: partial upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slug71 View Post
    I really hope this topic will be a sticky for 10.04.
    People who do partial updates don't read stickies™

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