[CentOS] Upgrade to 5.3?

Sorin Srbu sorin.srbu at orgfarm.uu.se
Tue Jan 27 08:01:55 UTC 2009

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>From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf
>James Bensley
>Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 7:28 AM
>To: CentOS mailing list
>Subject: [CentOS] Upgrade to 5.3?
>I'm not that up on CentOS so I'd be curious to know if it is possible
>to upgrade CentOS 5.2 to 5.3 without reinstalling? Perhaps via Yum? Or
>can you get update RPMs?

It's generally considered that upgrading minor versions (eg from 5.2 to 5.3)
is *usually* quite easy and harmless, and normally doesn't pose any problems. 

Upgrading from major versions (eg from 5.9 to 6.0) *is* possible but not
recommended. If you chose this path you should expect major shindings, lib-
and yum dependencies-mayhem and all sorts of weird things happening and/or a
botched operating system which will require a complete reinstall anyway.

It's your choice really, and depends on how brave and much fingerspitzgefühl
you have, alternatively how much time you have on your hands. ;-)

With that said, I once chose to upgrade a Fedora Core 4 to Fedora Core 6. I
went fine finally but took me a week or so to solve all the dependicies
problems for yum. Since then I've never even considered upgrading major

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