[sclug] Ubuntu 6.06 to 6.20 upgrade problem.

John Barron mail at europa.demon.co.uk
Sun May 20 19:11:21 UTC 2007

On Sunday 20 May 2007 18:41:35 Neil Haughton wrote:
> I'm having an upgrade 'mare with Ubuntu. I'm trying to upgrade from 6.06
> to 6.10 using the online upgrade facility on the Ubuntu website. The
> installation keeps aborting with a message telling me that my /var
> partition needs at least 256Mb of free space - but I have over 500Mb of
> free space on that partition (/var has its own partition).
> This appears to be some sort of apt-get issue. Can anyone tell me how to
> overcome it?

Well, not an answer to your question, exactly, but why use the online upgrade 
facility anyway?

I've just upgraded from 6.06 Dapper to 7.04 Feisty on our main computer, and I 
followed my usual process of leaving '/home/' untouched (it's the only one I 
keep on a separate partition), nuking '/'  and reinstalling fresh, it's not 
as though installation takes long and then I just apt-get in whatever 
applications etc need adding in. If it really went pear-shaped I could always 
reinstall Dapper by the same method, though that's unlikely I think, I 
skipped Edgy 6.10 intentionally because I didn't fancy the first release 
after the long-term-support version.

So far I've found that kind of reinstallation the simplest and cleanest method 
to upgrade in my experience, was never really interested in messing about 
with 'upgrade-in-place' functions I didn't necessarily trust. The only thing 
I find is that doing things that way is one more reason to stick to 
free/libre applications that I can pull in from the standard repos 
afterwards, rather than proprietary crap where I have to keep hold of the 
software to reinstall afterwards, if it even still works on the new version.

anyway best of luck with it, even though, I wouldn't start there if I was 
trying to get to Dublin :-)


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