[plug] Looking for assistance with a recent Debian upgrade

Brad Campbell brad at fnarfbargle.com
Thu Dec 19 23:38:08 AWST 2019

On 18/12/19 1:13 pm, Joe Aquilina wrote:

> I have been reluctant to jump to amd64 on this system because it is a 
> rather complicated setup, which I am not confident that I could recreate 
> from scratch if the worst happened. But as you say, perhaps it is time 
> to do it anyway.

I've run i386 distributions on x64 kernels for years.

Last week I crossgraded a Devuan ASCII (So Debian Stretch) install from 
i386 to x64 relatively painlessly. Anything post Wheezy can be done with 
the instructions here : https://wiki.debian.org/CrossGrading

That machine had been running an i386 distribution on an x64 kernel for 
probably 10 years before I got around to upgrading the userspace. It's 
co-located on the other side of the globe, so there were precautionary 
backups and much arse clenching during the process, but it all went 
cleanly. I'm sure had I not had comprehensive backups it wouldn't have 
been anywhere near as smooth however.

An expert is a person who has found out by his own painful
experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very
narrow field. - Niels Bohr

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