Stretch to Buster Upgrade

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them
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Stretch to Buster Upgrade

Post by them » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:09 am

Hello,

Do i need to backup and re-flash with the new image to get the job done, or can i also wait for a dietpi-update that automates the transition?

Also if there is no automated transition with dietpi-update, by staying in Stretch will i still be getting dietpi version updates?

Thank you for clarifying this

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Re: Stretch to Buster Upgrade

Post by johnvick » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:54 am

As to the first question it will not happen automatically. Either start anew or clone your card and follow one of the Stretch -> Buster upgrade guides on the web. I did this on an Odroid C2 and it worked fine but no guarantees, hence trying it first on a cloned SD card.

I'm sure the Stretch version of DietPi will continue to be updated for a while but only @MichaIng can answer that question.

John

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Re: Stretch to Buster Upgrade

Post by MichaIng » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:59 pm

@them
It is generally not recommended to do distro (Debian) major version upgrades. I mean in most cases it works well, perhaps some manual config adjustments required but nothing urgent. But in rare cases issues CAN be much larger. For this reason no distro would ever automate this upgrade, nor support it, neither do we.

If you want to take the risk, see: viewtopic.php?p=18988#p18988

I will see if I can sum up all relevant information in our Wiki or here in a sticky thread + give some more details about which software titles would definitely require a reinstall due to distro specific packages/configs outside of what APT does.
We will neither officially support this, nor invest much time to do individual support if issues occur. However as many users will do it regardless, it makes sense to help with useful information to avoid them running into issues that are expected to occur in the first place.

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Re: Stretch to Buster Upgrade

Post by them » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:49 pm

thank you for your replies @johnvick and @MichaIng

i ll try to do it after SDcloning cause nothing to lose anyway. If all go ok, will my system be back on track on the diepi-update Buster release channel?

Also good call for adding info in the Wiki and it is completely understandable this feature not to be supported, makes total sense.

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Re: Stretch to Buster Upgrade

Post by MichaIng » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:16 pm

@them
There is no dietpi-update Buster channel. Debian distro versions and DietPi versions are handled independently. The current DietPi v6.25 supports Debian Jessie, Stretch and Buster. Due to the recent official Debian Buster release, meaning it changed from testing to stable suite, the upcoming DietPi v6.26 supports Debian Stretch, Buster and Bullseye (new testing version).

The last two commands I provided via the link (alternatively a reboot) assure that DietPi scripts detect the system as being Debian Buster and properly do software installs and other steps in a Buster-compatible way.

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