Debian Sarge2Etch Upgrade

I have upgraded Debian from Sarge to Etch on various systems and did not run into any problems. Well done, Debian guys!
The following tutorial is based on Tim Bormann’s tutorial. I give you a quick-and-dirty insight how I have done it.
Before you start, make sure you got plenty of time (an upgrade may take anything between 30 minutes and 3 hrs) and backup at least your system configuration:

Under Debian Sarge, make sure everything is up-to-date:

Now, change your source list by editing /etc/apt/sources.list, replace all ’sarge‘ occurrences with ‚etch‘ (don’t use ‚testing‘ !). For Switzerland you might use the Switch mirror:

Let’s start upgrading. I definitely recommend the following order:

This might take a long time. Make sure you answer all the questions and replace all configuration files with the maintainer ones prior to reviewing them and merging your changes.
At the end, do some cleanup by running ‚dselect‘ and removing all obsolete packages. Also you should now install the new kernel images and reboot when everything looks fine.

Leave a Comment

css.php