[Smaug] Ubuntu 9.04 upgrade using the alternate disk

Grant Bowman grantbow at gmail.com
Wed May 13 17:52:53 PDT 2009

Hi Peter,

I am glad to hear your upgrade worked out OK in the end.  Fortunately I
didn't have any problems on my desktop requiring multiple attempts. I did an
alternate cd image mount for my Ibex to Jaunty upgrade too. I literally went
to sleep before it finished and I think it took about four hours to


-- Grant Bowman <grantbow at gmail.com
-- https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam

On May 13, 2009 5:36 PM, "Peter Belew" <peterbe at sonic.net> wrote:

Bob Lewis mentioned yesterday that one way to upgrade from Ubuntu 8.10 to
9.04 is to use the Alternate Install CD.

Here are Ubuntu's instructions for doing that.

 http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/upgrading#Upgrading Using the Alternate

I tried that on my Dell server last night, mounting the ISO image of the
alternate CD instead of doing the update from an actual CD. On the first
pass, I said not to fetch any files from the Internet, so I had to update
after that.

Also, I DID have to run the upgrade program explicitly - it didn't run
automatically when I mounted the ISO image. This is described in the Ubuntu

I did run into some errors, especially doing the Internet part of the
upgrade. I had to make about 3 attempts to finish the upgrade, but succeeded

Despite the errors, the whole process was somewhat faster than doing the
upgrade completely over the Internet, and the final result was good. There
were a few additional updates today.

The upgrade does edit one's /etc/apt/sources.list file, for the new version
of the OS, as expected.

- Peter Belew




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