• Quick Upgrade from Leap 42.2 to Leap 42.3


    It's a lazy Saturday today, so I decided not to make a full install of 42.3 this time, just a simple upgrade of my existing 42.2 to 42.3. It should work just fine because going from xx.2 to xx.3 is a bit like when Suse or microsoft release a "service pack". Here is a fairly easy method, but perhaps for somewhat advanced users.

    A very important step: Do a BackUp

    I use the easy but accurate copy function "cp" to back up my root and home directories. You can use any partition to store backups, so long as you use appropriate Linux file system (so that the ownership and other file parameters are carried across faithfully). You can also store a backup on USB provided you format it for Linux.

    Whenever I copy my root partition to backup, I do that outside of the running operating system, in this case Leap 42.2. So I boot into a live Linux cd or usb stick to do the job. You can use Knoppix or Gparted, Parted Magic, Ultimate Boot CD etc.

    Once you are running in the live CD/USB you can mount the storage partition and use a command line like "cp -auv" to do the backup. But be sure to do it as su. (IMHO Knoppix is the best available at this time, and the mounting there is so super easy using Knoppix's gparted tool).

    Alter the Repositories to become 42.3

    Once you have the backup done, boot back into the real Leap 42.2 and edit the existing Repositories using Yast. Go to Yast ==> Software ==> Software Repositories. For each Repo you see bearing 42.2 in the name and/or URL, click to "edit" and change the instances of 42.2 in Name and URL to 42.3 in Name and URL.

    Optional: download the Leap 42.3 DVD and add it in as a repository (using Yast ==> Software ==> Software Repositories ==> Add ==> DVD ==> Next). Adding the DVD will speed the process.

    Run the upgrade

    When the editing is all done, open a command console, change to su and run this command:
    zypper dup
    Switch to Packman

    When the dust settles from "zypper dup", switch focus for key functions over to Packman's offerings. GoTo Yast ==> Software Management ==> View ==> Repositories ==> Packman 42.3 ==> "Switch System packages to the versions in the repository Packman 42.3" ==> Accept.

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