? upgrade 1.2.13 -> 2.0 advice sought

? upgrade 1.2.13 -> 2.0 advice sought

Post by Marshall Gigue » Tue, 09 Jul 1996 04:00:00



I have an admittedly vintage Linux kernel 1.2.13, pure a.out, gcc
2.5.8, libc-4.7.2.

My first question is there some prefered order to upgrading to
Linux 2.0, e.g. should I upgrade the compiler first?

Second question.  What components need to be upgraded?

Lastly, I have an abundance of a.out executables and I'd
definitely like to avoid recompilation or upgrading them to ELF.

Any advice regarding the proper way to go about such a major upgrade
will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
-Marsh

 
 
 

? upgrade 1.2.13 -> 2.0 advice sought

Post by Fuzz » Thu, 11 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Quote:>> I have an admittedly vintage Linux kernel 1.2.13, pure a.out, gcc
>> 2.5.8, libc-4.7.2.

Another (slightly more drastic) approach is to upgrade to an "upgradeable
distribution."

I had a system that was basically a Slackware 3.0 release with
enhancements (like ELF), but also lots of old/nebulous stuff dating back
to SLS and pre 0.93 kernels.

Took a spare/empty DOS partition, fips'd it in two, and created a 250
meg Linux partition which then was mounted as my new /home.  Copied the
old /home over to it and some other important files and listings (like
/etc, /dev, XF86Config, xinit stuff, hosts, resolv.conf, ppp setups,
etc).

Downloaded nearly the entire Debian 1.1 onto the rest of that empty DOS
partition.  2 days later....  Followed the Debian instructions and NUKED
my old Linux setup.  Installed Debian and have enjoyed the consistency
and abundance of disk space ever since (I "gained" 300 meg from files
that I had never/rarely used).  I now have a manageable system that I
really feel I have control over.  And if I need Tk/Tcl stuff again, I
can trust Debian to check that I have all the needed versions of things
before I install it.  Dependency-checking is a wonderful thing.

Total down-time for me (meaning from clean disk to ppp networking,
XFree86, FVWM95, Netscape, Mesa w/GLUT, GIMP, etc working) was two
days (because of problems with FVWM95 using old Xpm stuff).  I was
using console and back on the 'net within a couple of hours.

Just a thought....especially if you are considering a major
(multi-layered) upgrade.

                        Fuzzy.

 
 
 

? upgrade 1.2.13 -> 2.0 advice sought

Post by Mark Lumsde » Fri, 12 Jul 1996 04:00:00



> I have an admittedly vintage Linux kernel 1.2.13, pure a.out, gcc
> 2.5.8, libc-4.7.2.

> My first question is there some prefered order to upgrading to
> Linux 2.0, e.g. should I upgrade the compiler first?

You should be able to compile the kernel with the compiler
you have but it may be an idea to upgrade to ELF anyway -
just because several things (including the latest Netscape)
are only being provided in ELF binaries.

Quote:> Second question.  What components need to be upgraded?

There is a Changes file that comes with the 2.0 kernel that mentions
everything that needs to be upgraded.  Things like procps, ppp, etc.

Quote:> Lastly, I have an abundance of a.out executables and I'd
> definitely like to avoid recompilation or upgrading them to ELF.

After upgrading to ELF, you will be left with a system that is
capable of running both ELF and a.out binaries.  Provided you do
the upgrade correctly, everything should work fine as is.  To
avoid problems, carefully read the ELF-HOWTO which gives step-by-step
instructions on how to properly upgrade.

Quote:> Any advice regarding the proper way to go about such a major upgrade
> will be greatly appreciated.

> Thanks,
> -Marsh

                                Good Luck,
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? upgrade 1.2.13 -> 2.0 advice sought

Post by Shaw Carruthe » Fri, 12 Jul 1996 04:00:00



>I have an admittedly vintage Linux kernel 1.2.13, pure a.out, gcc
>2.5.8, libc-4.7.2.

>My first question is there some prefered order to upgrading to
>Linux 2.0, e.g. should I upgrade the compiler first?

>Second question.  What components need to be upgraded?

>Lastly, I have an abundance of a.out executables and I'd
>definitely like to avoid recompilation or upgrading them to ELF.

>Any advice regarding the proper way to go about such a major upgrade
>will be greatly appreciated.

>Thanks,
>-Marsh

I have just upgraded from 1.2.13 aout to 2.0.5 elf. I did it in two
stages:

1.2.13 aout to 1.2.13 elf
1.2.13 elf to 2.0.5 elf

If you follow the approach in the elf howto, you get a system that
will run both elf and aout binaries, so old stuff runs ok. I did it by
installing slackware, 3 moving from slackware 2 . I have /usr/local on
a separate partition which helps. I backed up /etc,/root,/home,/var to
copy over configs etc.

Apart from the stuff in Documentation/changes I have had to recompile
diald and upgrade sendmail/smail when moving from 1.2.13 to 2.0.5.

Hope this helps.
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This is not a sig( with homage to Magritte).  

 
 
 

? upgrade 1.2.13 -> 2.0 advice sought

Post by Tom Gooda » Sat, 13 Jul 1996 04:00:00


: I have an admittedly vintage Linux kernel 1.2.13, pure a.out, gcc
: 2.5.8, libc-4.7.2.

: My first question is there some prefered order to upgrading to
: Linux 2.0, e.g. should I upgrade the compiler first?

: Second question.  What components need to be upgraded?

: Lastly, I have an abundance of a.out executables and I'd
: definitely like to avoid recompilation or upgrading them to ELF.

: Any advice regarding the proper way to go about such a major upgrade
: will be greatly appreciated.

I think the README says you need gcc 2.6.3, but apart from that you
probably don't need to upgrade anything else, apart from procps and
pppd if you use it.  I have a fairly stock Slackware 2.3 system,
pure a.out, gcc 2.6.3, libc-4.6.27, and have had no problems.

Good luck,

Tom.

 
 
 

? upgrade 1.2.13 -> 2.0 advice sought

Post by George D » Mon, 15 Jul 1996 04:00:00


I used the stuff from
ftp.wsc.com/pub/freeware/linux/update.linux

 
 
 

? upgrade 1.2.13 -> 2.0 advice sought

Post by Shaw Carruthe » Mon, 15 Jul 1996 04:00:00



>I used the stuff from
>ftp.wsc.com/pub/freeware/linux/update.linux

Follow up to my earlier post: having moved from Slackware 2 to
Slackware 3,  I used the ftp.wsc.com upgrade kit to move up to kernel
2.0.0. Since I had a standard Slackware 3 setup the scripts in the kit
worked perfectly for me, except that I had to recompile the V2 kernel
before it would boot on my 486dx266 isa bus system.

Using the kit is a painless way to do the upgrade from Slackware 3,
the only downside is that the kit contains beta software which is
later than the versions recommended in Documentation/Changes. I
decided that I wanted to use stable software and downgraded where
necessary. This was a non trivial exercise.
--

London SW14 7JW UK
This is not a sig( with homage to Magritte).  

 
 
 

1. strange problems 1.2.13 --> 2.0.0 --> 1.2.13

Hi,

I have some strange problems with the new kernel source tree...

after the installation of the new sysvinit-2.62 the linux-2.0.0 kernel
complains sh:/bin/bash cannot execute...
with 1.99.7 this works fine
and at least I'm totally unable to recompile the 1.2.13 source tree due
some strange asm errors in main occurring in asm/io.h referenced by
bugs.h  (also within the asm tree). Of course I checked the appropriate
links to for the linux source tree /usr/include/linux
                                                asm

Please help....
 Michael

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