Second System results of 8.04 LTS to 10.04.1 LTS Upgrade **STATUS UPDATE**
On 01/19/2011 06:05 PM, Jay Ridgley wrote:
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 08:43:58 +0000
From: Colin Law<firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions"
Subject: Re: Second System results of 8.04 LTS to 10.04.1 LTS Upgrade
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On 16 January 2011 23:55, Jay Ridgley<email@example.com> wrote:
While my first system worked very well doing the upgrade from 8.04
10.04.1 LTS. I have hit another snag and for the life of me I can't
get around it.
The Upgrade attempts to download the packages and reports there is not
enough space available and quits. It says to run "apt-get clean" to
space. I did that and nothing happens. I have also gone though the
packages and purged those that I know I do not need for the system in
question. However that still did not yield enough space. Currently df
the following information:
/dev/sda1 3944620 1K blocks on the device 2848000 blocks used which
897820 Available. The Update Manager wants some 1900MB more space!
If I try to uninstall open-office (all of it, since I don't need it).
Synaptic says that the ubuntu desktop and several other packages will be
removed as well. Can I ignore those or will it cause serious problems?
I don't think it is as serious as it sounds and it should be ok to
uninstall OO. Don't take me as authoritative on this however. Can
someone more knowledgeable confirm this?
The only other space on the physical drive is allocated to swap (it
may be a
bit large but I doubt that it is that big. Top reports swap to be
total and currently shows 91840k free.
Swap should only actually be used rarely. Are you short of RAM also?
/home contains only 49420 blocks (as reported by du -s)
How can I obtain the required amount of space?
How big is your disk? you really need a minimum of about 8Gig altogether.
If overall disk space is the issue you may be able to get away with a
re-install rather than an upgrade, but it sounds as if you may be
pushing the machine to the limit. Perhaps it is time for a hardware
I have to admit that after several attempts to get this system upgraded
to 10.04.1 LTS it is just not going to work.
So I have gotten a replacement for it that should enable me to operate
for several years.
I have also done some research and have discovered that I have a lot to
learn about the Debian Package Manager...
I have used "dpkg --get-selections > installed-software-list" to get a
list of installed packages that reside on my current system. I have also
made a copy of the /etc directory and have a backup of /home.
I also read that you can use the following to install the same packages
on a new system:
dpkg --set-selections < installed-software-list
To install the packages listed.
I have some remaining questions:
1. Where will dpkg get the packages to install? The new system is not
running Ubuntu and is not on the net.
2. Should I copy/backup anything else?
3. Will a custom install from an distribution CD (got it burned and it
works) be able to use the list from above?
Jay, I admire your persistence. Your system must be way more complicated
than mine as I can do a fresh install and restore my files from backup
in a couple of hours, max. Is there something preventing you from doing
this? Or perhaps you're like me in that you don't like to be defeated by
something, in which case I totally understand.
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