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4.10 to 5.04 (Warty to Hoary)

Before you start

Please make sure you've read and understood the main EOLUpgrade page.

I would recommend using clonezilla for backing up your current installation. It is very easy to backup and restore your partitions with clonezilla. It takes less then 30 minutes to backup/restore a 20Gb root filesystem which has 4-5 Gb used space.

From version 4.10 to 5.04 I did not have a graphical interface to work with only the command line. I didn't figure out why, because the graphical interface is/was not needed to perform the upgrade. Ubuntu used the xfree86 binaries in the 4.10 release and since 5.04 they used the xorg binaries. For more information about this please have a read here and here. The guide will explain how to convert from xfree to xorg.

The upgrade

  • Make sure your sources.list is correct

For the upgrade you only need this list, comment your original sources or remove them.

## EOL upgrade sources.list
# Required
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ warty main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ warty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ warty-security main restricted universe multiverse

# Optional
#deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ warty-backports main restricted universe multiverse
#deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ warty-proposed main restricted universe multiverse

You can make use of -backports, -proposed repositories if you want. For more information about repositories see Repositories/Ubuntu.

  • Update the package list and upgrade all installed packages

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude upgrade

If packages were held back you may want to run:

sudo aptitude dist-upgrade
  • If you run a -desktop version of ubuntu, please reinstall this package:

sudo aptitude reinstall ubuntu-desktop # or kubuntu, xubuntu, edubuntu, etc

NOTE: It could be that you just upgraded your kernel, if this is the case, please reboot!

  • Change your repositories

$ sudo perl -p -i.410 -e 's/warty/hoary/' /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Update the package list and perform a dist-upgrade

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude dist-upgrade
  • Remove obsolete packages

sudo aptitude

Now you will enter aptitude in interactive mode, select Obsolete and locally installed packages menu and press '_', then press 'g'. It could be that you will get messages that aptitude wants to remove your current kernel, do NOT remove it, leave it, we can remove it later on.

  • Get a GUI

This step is optional, you only need to do this when you have xfree86 packages installed. You can find out by running

dpkg -l | grep xfree

If you get output, then you can assume you will need to execute this step.

In order to get a GUI on 5.04 I will install the x-window-system-core package. This will remove the xfree86 packages and install the xorg packages for you. The x-window-system-core package is a meta package which will make sure all correct packages are installed. It is a dependency for ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, xubuntu-desktop. If you want a different GUI, make sure you have a terminal emulator installed (eg xterm) and a windowmanager (eg WindowMaker or FVWM).

I also had to (re)install gdm because it was not properly installed.

sudo aptitude install x-window-system-core gdm
  • Check your new version

Reboot your machine and you can now run lsb_release -a to check the new version of Ubuntu.

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EOLUpgrades/Warty (last edited 2010-02-22 00:16:21 by s5590a0a5)