Multi-version Slackware upgrades don't work so well
#21 Henry, Wednesday, 09 December 2009 3:51 PM (Category: Linux)
(Tags: slackware)

I decided to experiment with the new (to me) slackpkg way of keeping Slackware up to date. My home server was Slackware 12.2. I decided to see if slackpkg could get it up to Slackware 13.0. I tried it. It was a dismal failure.

Once I determined that I had rendered the server unusable, I installed Slackware 13.0 on it, configured it and got it all working again, and then used slackpkg to get it up to date. It worked fine.

So I have learnt an important lesson. Don't try and jump versions with slackpkg. I'll opt for the safer upgrade path in future.