Upgrading the Debian way

Ryan Weal

August 06, 2007

With the summer beginning to fade away I've run into a couple small snags during my hardware upgrade fiesta. My old Debian box needed many software upgrades for me to continue working and as such, my blog lost it's categories.

Once again, without much sluething I was able to find the solution (though clearly it has not been implemented yet). As always, notes related to the software were located in /usr/share/doc, a directory tree I used to ignore but has become my lifeline.

Typically when my Linux servers go down my instinct is to search Google for hours. It's a behavioural legacy from using Windows and the Macintosh. When something goes wrong in Debian, check your /usr/share/doc and you will likely find the answer to the problem you are having.

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Ryan Weal @ryan_weal
Web developer based in Montréal. I run Kafei Interactive Inc. Node.js, Vue.js, Cassandra. Distributed data. Hire us to help with your data-driven projects.