Ubuntu 5.10 Upgrade: Well *That* was Boring


I continue to be impressed by the packaging and polish of the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

A post on the Austin Linux Group mailing list reminded me that I'd never gotten around to upgrading chinacat from Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog) to 5.10 (Breezy Badger). I'm using 5.10 daily on other machines, but my workstation was still at 5.04. Originally, I was being conservative about upgrading my primary workstation. I set it aside and neglected to come back to it.

I finally did so last night, and goodness! it was easy. Here is all that's required to do the Ubuntu 5.10 upgrade completely off the net:

  • Edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file.
  • Make a backup, then replace all instances of "hoary" with "breezy".
  • To retrieve the updated package lists, run: apt-get update
  • To download all of the packages, run apt-get -d dist-upgrade
  • To install the downloaded packages, run apt-get dist-upgrade
  • To cleanup, run: apt-get clean

The only manual intervention required was with four configuration files. I had to merge my local changes with the updated version. The upgrade process flagged them for me.

Ubuntu is built on top of the Debian Linux distribution, and uses the Debian apt package management system. A lot of the credit goes there.

The process took a couple hours start to finish, most of it during the package download phase. Everything updated fine, and the system rebooted without incident. Color me happy.


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re: Ubuntu 5.10 Upgrade: Well *That* was Boring

Thanks for this! I tried to figure it out on my own but couldn't.

re: Ubuntu 5.10 Upgrade: Well *That* was Boring

As mentioned above migrating from Ubuntu 5.04 "Hoary Hedgehog" to Ubuntu 5.10 "Breezy Badger" is very straight-forward. Also keep in mind that if you are running a desktop environment (like GNOME) you can also make use of Synaptic Package Manager. If you do it makes the above steps even easier! All you have to do is edit /etc/apt/sources.list as described above (don't forget to make a backup), then run Synaptic Package Manager and Mark All Updates, and Apply. That is it! Note: In some cases you might have to refresh your repository this could involve removing any obsolete references to Hoary release (e.g. CD references).

re: Ubuntu 5.10 Upgrade: Well *That* was Boring

thanks for posting this - like you, i wanted to upgrade from hoary to breezy, and it worked like a charm. i found you via Google.