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    Want to change from Volatile to Testing


    For some reason I installed Volatile, as opposed to Testing... I have tried the change all Volatile to Testing process, and every time I do so, I end up with a non-working system. Is there some process I am missing in this?

    Here is my sources list:

    #

    # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.3 _Lenny_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20090906-12:06]/ lenny main

    deb Index of /debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
    deb-src Index of /debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
    # deb ftp://ftp.mepis.com/mepis/ mepis-8.0 main
    deb Index of /debian lenny main contrib non-free
    deb-src Index of /debian lenny main contrib non-free #Added by software-properties
    deb Index of /debian ../project/experimental main contrib non-free
    deb Debian -- Security Information lenny/updates contrib non-free main
    deb-src Debian -- Security Information lenny/updates contrib non-free main
    deb Index of /debian lenny-proposed-updates contrib non-free main
    deb-src Index of /debian lenny-proposed-updates contrib non-free main
    deb Index of / testing main
    deb Index of / testing main
    deb Index of /debian lenny main contrib non-free
    deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ testing non-free # Google Linux Software Repositories (testing) - Google
    # deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free
    # deb Index of /debian sid main contrib non-free

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    What happens if you just comment out

    deb Index of /debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
    deb-src Index of /debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
    to read

    #deb Index of /debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
    #deb-src Index of /debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
    Then just run a apt-get update in terminal as root?

    I am Kinda tripped out by
    deb Index of / testing main
    deb Index of / testing main
    entry also. Which I would comment out also. Also I am surprised by the Mepis 8.0 entry on a Debian Net Install. Though no harm done since it is commented out already. (#)
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    Just to give you a idea I guess. This is my /etc/apt/sources.list in my AntiX 8.5 install on my Asus EEEPC 900. I added a couple of custom repositories that don't come stock in AntiX. I don't think you can run testing and stable together at the same time. In other words. You are using Lenny. You are trying to change lenny volatile to lenny testing? Never heard of Lenny Testing. (squeeze which is now frozen was testing. Sid is out on the outer edge of stable Debian).

    Any ways. This is my testing sources.list I comment out the ones I don't use regular during apt-get dist-upgrade. I uncomment them when I am looking for a particular package during apt-get install.

    Code:
    # See sources.list(5) for more information
    
    # Note:If you want maximum stability, only use the stable repos.
    # If you want to install kde3.5, you MUST only use the stable repos.
    # (this will change when kde3.5 is no loger available in stable)
    
    # MEPIS 8 series. 
    # Only for kernel upgrades. Best NOT to use.
    # deb ftp://ftp.mepis.com/mepis/ mepis-8.5 main 
    # MEPIS mirrors
    # deb ftp://ftp.mirrorservice.org/sites/ftp.mepis.org/mepis/ mepis-8.0 main 
    # deb http://fr1.mepis-deb.org/mepis/ mepis-8.0 main 
    # deb http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/ftp.mepis.org/mepis/ mepis-8.0 main 
    
    # Debian Testing. 
    # Testing enabled for 'rolling' release.
    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free  
    deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free 
    # deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free 
    
    # Debian Stable
    # This will 'soon' be "Squeeze". Use for maximum stability.
    # deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free 
    # deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free 
    # deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free 
    # deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free main  
    
    # Multimedia Stable and Testing
    # deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org/ stable main non-free 
    deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org/ testing main non-free 
    
    # Goggles music manager
    #deb http://apt.progchild.de/ stable main 
    
    # opera
    # deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ lenny non-free 
    
    # virtualbox
    # deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/ lenny non-free 
    
    # liquorix kernels 
    # deb http://liquorix.net/debian/ sid main 
    
    ###### Debian Unstable/Sid##########
    ########
    ###### Use at your own risk! ########
    # deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free 
    # deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org/ unstable main non-free 
    
    #######EEEPC Debian Sid uapproved Repositories########
    ###### Use at your own risk! ######
    #deb http://eeepc.debian.net/debian sid main contrib non-free
    #deb-src http://eeepc.debian.net/debian sid main contrib non-free
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    Cool

    You either run Lenny/Stable or testing/Squeeze.

    Volatile is not a release, but a special repo for apps like clamav that update often.

    Debian -- The debian-volatile Project
    What is debian-volatile?

    Some packages aim at fast moving targets, such as spam filtering and virus scanning, and even when using updated data patterns, they do not really work for the full time of a stable release. The main goal of volatile is allowing system administrators to update their systems in a nice, consistent way, without getting the drawbacks of using unstable, even without getting the drawbacks for the selected packages. So debian-volatile will only contain changes to stable programs that are necessary to keep them functional.
    If you want to upgrade from Stable to testing, remove/comment any lines that refer to stable and add testing sources.

    From the all-knowing dpkg bot in #debian:
    Code:
    "aptitude install libuuid-perl", then upgrade kernel prior(!) to other packages. In /etc/apt/sources.list,  remove stable-specific lines (volatile, backports), then change lenny to squeeze. "aptitude update && aptitude install linux-image-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'`"; reboot to 2.6.32 kernel; aptitude full-upgrade. If that fails, try "apt-get dist-upgrade".
    For more info see the Squeeze Release Notes:
    Chapter*1.*Upgrades from previous releases
    Debian Sid LXDE Kernel liquorix CPU Pentium IV 2.80GHz GeForce 9400 GT
    Debian - "If you can't apt-get something, it isn't useful or doesn't exist"
    Giant Debian sources.list | Debian upgrade script smxi | sysinfo script inxi

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    Hi all,

    Many thanks to all for the information! I will attempt again this weekend, when I have the time to do a full backup, and recover in the event things fail. I will post follow up with results. Thanks again!!!

    I think I got nicked by the text editor when I posted my sources.list, that is why the "index of" stuff was showing up. It does not look that way in my sources... If anyone else has suggestions I am all ears...

    More Friday...
    Dave

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    Hi again,

    I finally discovered what was failing... My X-Server comes up not running... Alas, I do not know enough to reconfigure it... I am back from my backup now, and back on my original set up. It comes up and fails to start, then drops me into some sort of configuration display setup... Any suggestions from here?

    Dave

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    That is to say, I am back from my backup and it is running fine... The updated to testing is what fails...

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