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Author Topic: Upgrading Vector without reinstalling  (Read 1590 times)
Daniel
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« on: April 20, 2011, 09:47:50 am »

There was once a thread here where someone said they were able to upgrade VL 5.8 to 5.9 or something like that without reinstalling Vector completely. Just replacing the updated files. I couldn't find that thread again, so I thought I'd ask. Does anyone know how to determine which files have changed in a update and how to replace the old files with the new ones?
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 10:42:57 am »

I would think doing something like that would be a very daunting task.  Much easier to to install vl7.0 to a separate partition using the same user name and password, then transferring everything over from the visible home directory. 
Then from the hidden directories transfer over...
.gftp, .ssh, .mozilla, .config/Thunar/uca.xml and any other config file for programs you use regularly.

note...(.config/Thunar/uca.xml will give you thunar custom actions again, but all the icons will not be present.)
note2 (anything you transfer from .config directory will not transfer if you did not set up with the exact same username.)

If you do not have a partition already and do not have the space to create one, you can do the following...
Format an external harddrive the same as your vl60 install. Example ext3/ext4 which ever with gparted.
Transfer as above everything you want to save.
Install vl70 (using same username, password (password being the same probably is not necessary.)
Then transfer the data you wish to keep to your fresh install of vl7.0.

I've done the first option about 15 times as I've reinstalled just about for every alpha and beta release of vl7.0. Have not lost any data yet.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2011, 07:08:16 am »

I suppose I could do that, but I was really looking for a way to do an in-place upgrade like Ubuntu does.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2011, 11:54:41 pm »

It could have been me writing about an upgrade from 5.8 to 5.9 w/o reinstalling.

What I do now since VL7-Alpha. I have a partition /mnt/VL7new where I install
the new versions. Then I have another partition /mnt/VL7old. After installing
the new version I do preferably from a Live CD:

Code:
cp -au /mnt/VL7new/* /mnt/VL7old/

My working home directory has a separate partition which is the same as for
VL6. After the above command is completed I copy exssential files from
/mnt/VL7old/home/user to /mnt/VL6home/home/usr.

Has worked perfectly sofar and saves a lot of time since no reinstall of
files not included in the iso file.
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 11:30:04 pm »

I suppose I could do that, but I was really looking for a way to do an in-place upgrade like Ubuntu does.

Please provide details about your current setup and your desired setup and we will see what we can do to assist and advise.

What is your partition layout and space utilization like?

What version do you currently have?

What version do you wish to upgrade to?
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