Re: How to migrate from sid to stable?
- Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:34:01 +0300
- From: Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: How to migrate from sid to stable?
On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 12:05:19PM +0200, Pétùr wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I have a computer which does not need anymore to be running the unstable
> version. I would like to migrate it to stable at some point.
> If I backup the home and rsync it on a new installation of Debian
> stable, I will have problems with the downgrade of softwares settings.
> I am not in a hurry and could slowly migrate to stable. But I am not
> sure changing the repositories to stable and wait with no update during
> a while is a good idea.
> I could not think of a proper (and somehow automatic) way to do this. Is
> there one?
Downgrading packages works most of the time for most packages,
but it is completely unsupported.
Since you are not in a hurry, the safest option would be to follow
buster until it becomes stable in mid-2019.
A faster option would be to switch to stretch (which will become stable
in a few days) right now, and then search and downgrade the few packages
where unstable currently contains a more recent version than stretch.
No longer following upstream would be urgent in this case, since
unstable is expected to get huge changes starting next week.
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