Upgrade Your Desktop From Mandriva One 2008.0 To Mandriva One 2008.1 (Spring)

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Author: Oliver Meyer <o [dot] meyer [at] projektfarm [dot] de>

This document describes how to upgrade your desktop from Mandriva One 2008.0 to Mandriva One 2008.1 via online upgrade.

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty - it doesn't cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system - this is the way I chose.


1 Preparation

Install the latest updates on the 2008.0 system to prevent problems related to the upgrade that we'll accomplish in a few moments. Please note, that the Mandriva One 2008.1 Spring install/live media has no upgrade mechanism - so we have to run an online upgrade which is not riskless. You should back up all important data before you proceed. Please close all running applications, open a terminal and switch to the root account.

su -


2 Old Repositories

First delete all existing repositories.

urpmi.removemedia -a


3 New Repositories

Now we add the repositories for the 2008.1 system.

urpmi.addmedia --distrib ftp://distrib-coffee.ipsl.jussieu.fr/pub/linux/MandrivaLinux/official/2008.1/i586
urpmi.addmedia --distrib ftp://distrib-coffee.ipsl.jussieu.fr/pub/linux/plf/mandriva/cfg/2008.1/i586


4 Upgrade

Next we start the upgrade process.

urpmi --auto-update -v

At the beginning there'll be only a few packages upgraded (urpmi, rpm...) - later, when the needed upgrades for the rest of the upgrade have been installed, the system will upgrade about 1220 packages. During the upgrade you'll be asked a few questions, for example which icon set you want to use for OpenOffice or which Java version you want to use - choose your preferred settings/packages and proceed. The upgrade will take a while - so be patient. Sometimes it can happen that the upgrade process stops (while downloading packages) - simply abort it via "CTRL+C" ("STRG+C" for german users) and start it again (urpmi --auto-update -v), it'll resume where it stopped before. When the upgrade is finished reboot into your new 2008.1 system.

Please note that the grub entry still says "2008.0" - edit it if you want.


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