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    Default new install / update dilema

    Hello,

    I recently started using SUSE Linux 11.1 on a VMware workstation; however, I noticed that some applications that worked in 11.0 don't work in 11.1. Not wanting to be bothered with investigating which settings are to blame for the situation, I am considering _updating_ the 11.0 installation to 11.1. QUESTION 1: Is this advisable? Actually, I have already attempted doing this, but I stopped after encountering the following message in the update process:

    "Some partitions on /dev/sda2 are mounted by kernel-device name. This is not reliable for the update since kernel-device names are not persistent. It is strongly recommended to start the old system and change the mount-by method to any other method for all partitions."

    QUESTION 2: Can somebody give me directions for performing this change?

    Regards,
    bostjanv

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    Default Re: new install / update dilema

    Quote Originally Posted by bostjanv View Post
    QUESTION 1: Is this advisable? [ to update ]
    It's always better/safer to do a fresh new installation, but if (like me) you don't want to spend a lot of time to re-configure everything to your need, try updating.

    I did that too, and I'm overall satisfied. Some problems I had with 11.0 (eg.: sound) are gone, and 11.1 is more stable. There are some new bugs however, but non-blocking ones for me (I can live with them for now):
    - Failed kbd (runlevel 5) on boot (but my keyboard works) bug #335267
    - Some help documents for applications are not available bug #492305 bug #436942
    - Shutdown/restart from Gnome just logout bug #443514

    (I was faced with a bug in the 11.1 installer - may happen in some cases when updating a system installed on more than two HD - but I got help to workaround this. The story is here: Update fails: partitions cannot be mounted - openSUSE Forums)

    Again, I'm satisfied by my decision to go for update.

    Quote Originally Posted by bostjanv View Post
    "Some partitions on /dev/sda2 are mounted by kernel-device name. This is not reliable for the update since kernel-device names are not persistent. It is strongly recommended to start the old system and change the mount-by method to any other method for all partitions."
    QUESTION 2: Can somebody give me directions for performing this change?
    Open Yast >> Partitioner
    Check the column "Mounted By" and change to value to "ID" where needed.
    Last edited by AmigaPhil; 02-May-2009 at 09:07. Reason: typo
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    Default Re: new install / update dilema

    Hello,

    Thanks for your post. I performed the upgrade, and it seems to work ( well, almost evince does not work after upgrade - openSUSE Forums ). The "mount by" parameter seems to be irrelevant (perhaps because it is a virtual machine); when I changed it, it returned to the old value after reboot. Then I simply ignored the "mount by" warning. So far, so good.

    Regards,
    bostjanv

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