How long can you keep an RH installation alive

August 2, 2006 on 12:20 pm | In geeky | 1 Comment

My workstation machine was last installed with a RedHat 6.2, if I recall correctly. It has since been upgraded and upgraded, quite actively until maybe year or two ago, with packages from RedHat/RawHide and its successor Fedora/development. The machine works well enough, I would not like to break it. However, I really think I'm missing on something there. Obviously I'd like to change to debian/ubuntu, just haven't had the guts, as there may be lots of personal hacks scattered around the filesystem.

The rpm database has been totally re-build 2 times, due to bad database crashes. It took ages both times, but the result has always been a working system. The init scripts on the machine are a total mess, and there may be some packages one or two generations older than the others. Even though I do use apt-get on it, I can't always do blind upgrade, so there's usually some packages left unupgraded.

Now that the fileserver is kicking in, I've enough disk to copy all the stuff out of the machine and start from the scratch, I'm just still wondering if I should, would I get the new distro the way I want in sensible timeframe. All the HW in the system has changed during the lifetime of the installation, and yet, against all odds, it's still kicking.

All in all, don't get too attached to your OS installation, OS reinstall are certainly healthy every now and then, especially if you're using bleeding edge packages.

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  1. [...] make things easier, but I’ve kind of grown attached to the OS install on it (see my previous post on the subject). Probably I should just back up everything on the new fileserver’s 800G RAID [...]

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