soydepr
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Stretch to buster

Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:01 pm

Anything i should consider in upgrading from stretch to buster

I will follow this https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-upgrade- ... -10-buster

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Re: Stretch to buster

Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:38 pm

soydepr wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:01 pm
Anything i should consider in upgrading from stretch to buster

I will follow this https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-upgrade- ... -10-buster



You might want to consider the advice provided by Raspberry Pi concerning support for their own Operating System:
As ever with major version changes, our recommendation is that you download a new clean image from the usual place on our site – this will ensure that you are starting from a clean, working Buster system.

We do not recommend upgrading an existing Stretch (or earlier) system to Buster – we can’t know what changes everyone has made to their system, and so have no idea what may break when you move to Buster. However, we have tested the following procedure for upgrading, and it works on a clean version of the last Stretch image we released. That does not guarantee it will work on your system, and we cannot provide support (or be held responsible) for any problems that arise if you try it. You have been warned – make a backup!
Ref: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/buster ... -raspbian/

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Re: Stretch to buster

Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:48 pm

The /boot partition size has changed to make room for the extra stuff Pi 4 needs. I think it has to be now 256MB, please check.

As I understand it, if you don't resize the partition beforehand, the update process will fail and by the time this happens you might not be in a position to power off, resize, reboot successfully.
It's FAT so you can't resize, you have to backup, destroy, make room, create, restore...

That is for the distribution. Regarding the OS, you will certainly have surprises as well. There are some threads in the forum.
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Re: Stretch to buster

Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:48 pm

soydepr wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:01 pm
Anything i should consider in upgrading from stretch to buster

I will follow this https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-upgrade- ... -10-buster
It is not recommended to upgrade an existing Stetch to Buster and is not guaranteed to work. It is best to start with a fresh download of Raspbian Buster.
If you must then backup any important data first....
The guide in your link is not suitable for RPi and will likely irreparably damage the OS if followed.
Use this instead: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/buster ... -raspbian/
Unless specified otherwise my response is based on the latest and fully updated Raspbian Buster w/ Desktop OS.

PhatFil
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Re: Stretch to buster

Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:09 pm

Dont overwrite your Stretch system sd card, get a new one and keep the stretch card as a backup/fallback reference..

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Re: Stretch to buster

Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:30 pm

soydepr wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:01 pm
Anything i should consider in upgrading from stretch to buster

I will follow this https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-upgrade- ... -10-buster

The Raspberry Pi SBC does not natively run Debian so what is the relevance of the link you have posted ?
Retired disgracefully.....

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Re: Stretch to buster

Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:48 pm

While I understand the RPFs position, I think it is only fair to point out that some Pis are run from relatively large, external, storage devices that limit the practicality of a simple "download new and replace" procedure.

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Re: Stretch to buster

Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:02 pm

W. H. Heydt wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:48 pm
While I understand the RPFs position, I think it is only fair to point out that some Pis are run from relatively large, external, storage devices that limit the practicality of a simple "download new and replace" procedure.


My point in drawing attention to the Raspberry Pi stated position, repeated below, was firstly to show that there was a Raspbian-specific procedure, and secondly to emphasize the risks.

Surely preferable to allowing the OP to attempt to follow third-party advice written for a completely different OS distribution?
we have tested the following procedure for upgrading, and it works on a clean version of the last Stretch image we released. That does not guarantee it will work on your system, and we cannot provide support (or be held responsible) for any problems that arise if you try it. You have been warned – make a backup!

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Re: Stretch to buster

Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:31 pm

Raspbian Stretch was overall much slower in comparison to Buster if you are concerned updating the OS the main difference between Buster, and Stretch would be program compatibility which will be unavoidable, because not all software was moved to Buster if you had planned to use software not available in the Rasbian Buster repository then you would either need to build the software from source or install the software package if the software was packaged, if you have a USB SD card reader you can write the OS image using the RPI computer with the dd command here is a link to installing OS images using Linux:

Installing operating system images on Linux:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... s/linux.md

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