updating CSW pkgs when last was 2012.

Maciej Bliziński maciej at opencsw.org
Mon Jul 3 01:31:02 CEST 2017

Hi George,

It feels like you've administered yourself into a corner, but I think there are
ways to get out of it. I won't provide you with the whole procedure but
hopefully I'll leave enough hints so you can figure out the rest.

On Sat, Jul 01, 2017 at 10:12:54PM +0000, Wyche, George             PW via users wrote:
> Need advice about updating an old setup.
> This system is isolated from the internet.

We have a procedure for that:
But it doesn't apply to your setup in a straightforward way.

In your case, I would recommend making a local mirror of the catalog:

> Been content with CSW software (333 packages) since late 2012.
> Reading, I see that big reason for lots of changes was being caught just when all the SO's were separated out.
> Pkgutil -C says I have 198 of 333 have changed. And 39 of the 198 are "not in catalog".
> The "not in catalog" means I don't know what those CSW<pkg_name> is now named. So if I want to do "pkgutil -in" I will have to guess (and be wrong).

I guess the problem is that you skipped intermediate releases. You need to
upgrade to each consecutive catalog release. They have been released in a way
that when you go from catalog N to N+1, you don't get these errors. But if you
go from catalog N to N+2, you'll get these errors.

Browse the "releases" subdirectory on the mirror to find the ordering of catalog

> Since I cannot reasonably QA all the programs using openCSW support that I have, what alternatives do I have when after a few weeks post updating I find a program "I MUST HAVE" doesn't work (well enough) because some library change is incompatible? Throw away all the work I did updating (and giving up CSWgcc4g++)? Find exactly which programs use the offending library (assuming I can figure that out) and uninstall all of them so I can revert just that SO library so my "MUST HAVE" can work again?

Try using Live Upgrade for that. If something goes wrong, you can go back to the
previous state.

> [[I feel like my system is unchangeable! I should pick up another workstation, do the updating on it, and stuff the former workstation in the closet as a backup.]]

Sounds like a good idea!


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