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Re: [SLE] 7.2 -> 8 update problem
Oh, everybody knows there are exceptions.

But I think his question was 'What is the easiest and best way to get to 8?'.
I think implicit in this is 'and safe too.'

My personal experience and that of many others is that sometimes you get
'ragged upgrades', failed upgrades, or intermittant unexplained problems if
you do not do a clean install.

I don't like combing through and hand-customizing all the millions of files
either, but it's *more* important that I have a stable system, as it is in

We don't want to turn off any more people than we already do with complex
problems, that can be avoided.

On Monday, 22 April 2002 10:35, you wrote:
> quantum@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > .
> > Most everyone has learned to *never* upgrade, and to do clean installs
> > about every other version.
> But there is no reason to not at least *try* and save yourself some
> work. I've only had 1 upgrade fail. In that case the fist upgrade
> attempt failed so I did a clean install, then restored my config files.
> Done. If it works, the extra 15 minutes spent starting the upgrade
> is a worthwhile investment in time.
> In the coming round of upgrades I have one pc designated for a clean
> install, the others will be upgraded. I make it a habit to at least try
> it unless there is an overriding reason not to. The vast majority of
> times it works fine. The usual case where it fails is when you have
> compiled software and installed it without building rpm's, in which case
> yast has no idea what is installed on your system anyway, therefore
> either doesn't know what to upgrade or guesses wrong. The bottom line
> is: If you are going to upgrade anyway, you've got nothing to lose but
> time.
> Just my .02
> John Scott
> >>>Trying to update a 7.2 box to 8, and I am failing at first base.
> >
> ><snip>>
> >
> >>So is this happenning to everyone, or is everyone doing clean installs?
> >>
> >>Phil

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