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Old 03-09-2009, 05:30 PM
Victor Padro
Default Upgrade etch to lenny on virtual server (Virtuozzo) with 2.6.18 kernel

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM, Tzafrir Cohen <tzafrir@cohens.org.il> wrote:

On Mon, Mar 09, 2009 at 06:56:25PM +0100, hh.eu@gmx.de wrote:

> Hello Debian users,


> I have a virtual private server (VPS) that is running a minimal install

> of

> etch (image used for installation provided by the hosting company). I

> believe they use Virtuozzo for virtualisation. Since the virtual servers

> are

> not run using Xen, this means I am bound by the kernel provided by the

> hoster since all virtual machines are sharing the kernel.


> The kernel is:


> servername:~# uname -a

> Linux servername.provider.tld 2.6.18-028stab060.2 #1 SMP Tue Jan 13

> 10:24:09 MSK 2009 i686 GNU/Linux


> Now my question is: Is it possible (or wise) to try to upgrade to lenny?

Possible: sure. Each Debian distribution supports running on kernel of

previous version.

Wise? You generally have less than a year to migrate. It would probably

be a good idea to ask them when will they provide you with a newer

kernel to make a more informed decision.

> If you don't see reasons against this update: Would you recommend an

> installation using debootstrap, or is it fine to do the following?


> 1) /etc/apt/sources.list : Change occurences of etch to lenny

> 2) aptitude update

> 3) apt-get install aptitude

> 4) aptitude dist-upgrade

This looks fine. Naturally it would help if you can test the upgrade on

a similar server.


> I have simulated the above, and realised that there are some dependency

> problems, but they seem to result from the fact that it is a minimal

> install

> without X server etc. and thus there are unmet dependencies ("depends")

> even

> now in the current installation.

What are those?


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I think the best thing to do is to ask your VPS provider if they support this upgrade, perhaps they will invite you to reimage your VPS using Lenny(not an option for all the services already running on your VPS).

I have already use Lenny under OpenVZ(is the opensource option for Virtuozzo) without any issue, although I haven't upgraded Etch to Lenny under OpenVZ.

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