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Re: [suse-security] SuSE update from 6.3 (offtopic ??)
  • From: dproc@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 08:54:26 -0500
  • Message-id: <20011230085426.B2988@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, 27 Dec 2001, Marcin Gryszczuk wrote:

> Hi All...
> Maybe it is offtopic, but according to last sec-announce about glib it is
> little bit security related..
> I have "old" SuSE 6.3 - and now I would like to update it to 7.3.

IMHO it is on topic as the only reason you are updating is
to retain your security support. But I will defer to ckm
and move this thread elsewhere if he so rules.

> Is it possible to make it directly - or I have to make some additional
> steps for it.
> I do not want to install everything from scratch.

In the 7.3 version of the Reference Manual you will find
Chapter 12 has an extensive discussion of updating. It also
describes differences from 6.4 to 7.3 (I think 6.3 is very
similar to 6.4 but I am sure you will finsd a changelog
somewhere on the net.)

Is this your first update? Yast and Yast2 both have update
tools (yast2 boots directly from the CD-ROM.) Years ago I
updated my home machine from 5.3 to 6.3 with yast. This IMO
is a much bigger change than 6.3 to 7.3 and it went very

I did not update my home PC from 6.3 to 7.3 but instead
installed 7.3 from scratch (actually very easy when most of
my apps are in the 7.3 Professional CD distro.)

However, as far as I can see, most of the changes from 6.3
to 7.3 are optional improvements, so if you follow the
advice in Chapter 12, and you set aside some time to update
and test your config files, my guess is the update will go
very smoothly.

SECURITY 101 - don't forget to have a tested backup of your data.

Regards, dproc

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