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8.1 Updating the Base System
  • From: "Sean Haley" <sean291969@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2002 02:50:57 -0600
  • Message-id: <F136NH5lnzL1QnZ3keN0001928b@xxxxxxxxxxx>
TJ wrote:

I'm a bit puzzled over how updating the whole system should work. I
installed 8.0 "clean", but have been using "update whole system" before
that since 6.x successfully.

I now have SuSE 8.1 boot.iso on CD, but when starting the
"install/update" (from the manual installation program) and the
graphical installation begins, it only offers an option of "new
install" or "boot installed system". New install is what proposes
formatting of the linux drives, and when trying to select "don't
format" the installation program warns that I shouldn't be doing that
if the root partition is already in reiserfs-format (which it is).

I remembered that with YaST2 there's a new tool called "system update",
so I figured out that probably I shouldn't be updating via boot cd
anymore like in the old times. Still, the system update doesn't offer
any 8.1 packages to install, even though I've used the "change source
of installation" to point to the new SuSE 8.1 -ftp-directory. Instead,
it proposes some 30 of minor updates and tries to fetch them from
/var/adm..something and fails (???).

Now would anyone have a clean, simple answer to what should I use to
update my existing SuSE 8.0 installation to a 8.1 one via FTP?

I have the same problem here with the same setup. I event tried to boot
from floppy disks just in case there was any problem with iso image,
still no luck.

I'd appriate for any insight.

I hate to say it but "mee too". Is there anyone out there that has had
success doing a base system update from 8.0 (bought version) to 8.1 ftp
version? I donloaded the boot floppies for 8.1 and when yast was loaded
there was no option for "update existing system". So I put in my 8.0 and
attempted to do an ftp install but the only network option is nfs! This
is in contrast to what it was going from a bought version of 7.0 to 7.2
ftp online version. Grrr!!! SuSE! I even tried to install from a
"borrowed" 8.1 cd but it failed to start with a kernel panic! So I'm
afraid to even buy 8.1!


I'm also a bit confused with the proceedure. I do the Automatic installs within the Linux environment. Then when I get ready to follow the instructions in the Admin guide for Manually Updating the Base System - it gives me questions I can't answer such as the IP address of the FTP server and (cannot mount file system) when potinting to my hard disk root.

Any help appreciated.


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