Ubuntu Upgrade: From Hardy Heron to Intrepid Ibex

I’ve been upgrading Ubuntu installations quite a few times recently, and thought it makes sense to post a really short how-to if you ever want to upgrade your Ubuntu distro from the command line.

Use apt-get to upgrade Ubuntu

The procedure for upgrading one Ubuntu release to another one is pretty straightforward. There are some rules though:

  • Never attempt to skip a release or two when upgrading
  • Never do a few Ubuntu release upgrades in a row without reboots in between
  • Always backup the files you change
  • Always have an install CD for your current Ubuntu release around

Upgrading Ubuntu: step by step procedure

There are a few steps involved in every Ubuntu upgrade:

  1. Confirm your existing Ubuntu release

/etc/lsb-release file will help you determine the current Ubuntu release you have. In my example, that’s what it was:

ubuntu# cat /etc/lsb-release
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=8.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=hardy
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 8.04.1"
  1. Change the /etc/apt/sources.list file

This is the file which holds a list of all the repositories to be used by apt-get command (and the rest of the apt commands) to manage packages on your Ubuntu system. It usually looks like this (note how I use grep to ignore the comment lines in the file thus only showing the content that’s of interest to us):

ubuntu# cat /etc/apt/sources.list | grep -v ^#
deb http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy main restricted
deb-src http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy main restricted
deb http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates main restricted
deb-src http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates main restricted
deb http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe
deb-src http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe
deb http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates universe
deb-src http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates universe
deb http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy multiverse
deb-src http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy multiverse
deb http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates multiverse
deb-src http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates multiverse
...

Each line contains a URL of a certain repository and then the Ubuntu release codename and a type of the repository. Without going into details today, I’ll just concentrate on the release codename: “hardy” in this example.

What these commands do is confirm that for any updates apt-get should be consulting the specified repositories. In order to upgrade your distribution, we need to change the Ubuntu release codename to the one of the next release – for Intrepid Ibex (Ubuntu 8.10) it’s “intrepid”.

First, make a copy of the existing /etc/apt/sources.list, and then use sed to generate a new file with hardy replaced by intrepid:

ubuntu# cp /etc /apt/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.hardy
ubuntu# cat /etc/apt/sources.list.hardy | grep -v ^#
ubuntu# cat /etc/apt/sources.list.hardy | sed s/hardy/intrepid/g > /etc/apt/sources.list
  1. Use apt-get update command to update the packages list

Now that we have specified the Intrepid Ibex release codename in /etc/apt/sources.list, it’s time to make apt-get recognize this by contacting all the repositories mentioned in the file and downloading lists of new packages available from all of them. apt-get maintains a list of available packages in its own database, and that’s how yout get it to refresh:

ubuntu# apt-get update
0% [Working]

Get:1 http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security Release.gpg [189B]
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Translation-en_IE
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Translation-en_IE
Get:2 http://ie.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid Release.gpg [189B]
...

It’s going to be quite a long list of newly downloaded lists from all the repositories. 4. Use apt-get dist-upgrade to upgrade your Ubuntu release

We’re now ready to upgrade your Ubuntu, it will take just one more command and a few hundred megabytes of a download. Once you see this output, simply answer “y” to the question and leave your Ubuntu alone for about an hour to complete the downloads and update all the packages:

ubuntu# apt-get ist-upgrade
Reading package lists... 0%
Reading package lists... 100%
Reading package lists... Done

Building dependency tree... 0%
Building dependency tree... 0%
Building dependency tree... 50%
Building dependency tree... 50%
Building dependency tree

Reading state information... 0%
Reading state information... 10%
Reading state information... Done

Calculating upgrade... Done

The following packages will be REMOVED:
console-tools gimp-gnomevfs gimp-python gtk2-engines-ubuntulooks gtkhtml3.14 libchromexvmc1 libchromexvmcpro1
libffi4 libgail-common libgail18 libgmime-2.0-2 libgnomekbd2 libgnomekbdui2 libperl5.8 myspell-en-us
xserver-xorg-video-cyrix xserver-xorg-video-imstt xserver-xorg-video-newport xserver-xorg-video-psb
xserver-xorg-video-via
The following NEW packages will be installed:
bluetooth bluez compiz-wrapper cpp-4.3 cups cups-bsd cups-client cups-common cups-driver-gutenprint
firefox-3.0-branding gcc-4.3 gcc-4.3-base gdm-guest-session gstreamer0.10-schroedinger guile-1.8-libs gvfs-bin
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libbabl-0.0-0 libbind9-40 libbluetooth3 libcamel1.2-14 libcanberra-gnome libcanberra-gtk0 libcanberra0 libcap2
libcryptui0 libcups2 libdb4.7 libdjvulibre21 libdns43 libebackend1.2-0 libedataserver1.2-11 libelf1 libept0
libffi5 libgdiplus libgegl-0.0-0 libgif4 libglitz-glx1 libglitz1 libgmime-2.0-2a libgmp3c2 libgnome-desktop-2-7
libgnome-keyring1.0-cil libgnomekbd3 libgnomekbdui3 libgnutls26 libgp11-0 libgpm2 libgtkglext1
libgtkhtml-editor-common libgtkhtml-editor0 libgucharmap7 libhunspell-1.2-0 libhyphen0 libijs-0.35 libilmbase6
libisc44 libisccc40 libisccfg40 libltdl7 liblwres40 libmldbm-perl libmpfr1ldbl libmtp8 libntfs-3g28 libopenal1
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The following packages have been kept back:
ubuntu-desktop
The following packages will be upgraded:
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app-install-data-commercial apparmor apparmor-utils apport apport-gtk apt apt-utils aptitude apturl aspell at
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939 upgraded, 127 newly installed, 20 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 582MB of archives.
After this operation, 304MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? n
  1. Reboot and enjoy the upgraded system

Reboot your Ubuntu:

ubuntu# shutdown -i6 -r now

… and once your system is back up, you’re ready to verify that it’s been successfully upgraded:

ubuntu# cat /etc/lsb-release
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=8.10
DISTRIB_CODENAME=intrepid
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 8.10"

That’s it, good luck with your Ubuntu upgrade!

See Also

Ubuntu releases and codenames Ubuntu 8.10: Intrepid Ibex List installed packages in Ubuntu




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