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Old 8th October 2008, 09:49
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Exclamation Howto upgrade from Debian 4 (Etch) to Debian 5 (Lenny)

You probably noticed by now, that Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 aka "Lenny" hasn't been released in September. The reason: too many bugs need to be fixed.

When Lenny has been released, you can upgrade from Etch to Lenny according the steps below:
(According the official Debian documentation, these 5 steps describe the safest way to do that job).

STEP 1:
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Make a backup of your current Debian Etch system.

STEP 2:
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Change the content of the file /etc/apt/sources.list.
This means that you need to change "etch" into "lenny".
So in my case i have to change:

deb http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ etch main
deb-src http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ etch main

deb http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib

into:

deb http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ lenny main
deb-src http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ lenny main

deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib


Beware:
if you use "stable" instead of "etch", your system will make use of the packages provided by Debian Lenny from the moment on that Lenny gets stable!


STEP 3:
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Execute the command: aptitude update
to get information about new packages

STEP 4:
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Execute the command: aptitude install dpkg aptitude apt
to install the newest package management

STEP 5:
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Execute the command: aptitude full-upgrade

Reference:
The Debian Devel anounce
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