This morning I decided to do a distribution upgrade of my computer running on openSUSE 12.1. The new version 12.2 is out for a couple of weeks now and I thought let's go for it.
I previously made good experiences with Debian's distro upgrades, but an openSUSE distro upgrade is something new to me. Will it work flawlessly?
For the upgrade I followed the official upgrade guide: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:System_upgrade , which basically makes you do the following steps:
1. Disable special/manually added repositories. In my case this was for example a special "Printing" and the nvidia repo.
2. Make sure repo-update and repo-source are enabled. My repo list then looked like this:
# zypper repos --uri
# | Alias | Name | En | Refr| URI
1 | Printing | Printing | No | Yes | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Printing/openSUSE_12.1/
2 | devel_languages_ruby_ext | Ruby Extensions | No | No | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/ruby:/extensions/openSUSE_12.1/
3 | home_bmwiedemann_Chef | Chef (openSUSE_12.1) | No | No | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/bmwiedemann:/Chef/openSUSE_12.1/
4 | nvidia | nvidia | No | Yes | ftp://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/12.1/
5 | repo-debug | openSUSE-12.1-Debug | No | Yes | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/12.1/repo/oss/
6 | repo-debug-update | openSUSE-12.1-Update-Debug | No | Yes | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/12.1/
7 | repo-non-oss | openSUSE-12.1-Non-Oss | Yes | Yes | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.1/repo/non-oss/
8 | repo-oss | openSUSE-12.1-Oss | Yes | Yes | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.1/repo/oss/
9 | repo-source | openSUSE-12.1-Source | Yes | Yes | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/12.1/repo/oss/
10 | repo-update | openSUSE-12.1-Update | Yes | Yes | http://download.opensuse.org/update/12.1/
3. Run a complete (normal) update so you're up to date. -> zypper update, then reboot
4. Now up to the distro upgrade. Disable ALL repos and add the 12.2 repos (see official guide for URLs). I also added the new nvidia repo for 12.2:
# zypper modifyrepo --all --disable
# zypper rr nvidia
# zypper addrepo --name "openSUSE-12.2-OSS" http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.2/repo/oss/ repo-12.2-oss
# zypper addrepo --name "openSUSE-12.2-Non-Oss" http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.2/repo/non-oss/ repo-12.2-non-oss
# zypper addrepo --refresh --name "openSUSE-12.2 Update-Oss" http://download.opensuse.org/update/12.2/ repo-12.2-update
# zypper addrepo --refresh --name "openSUSE-12.2-Update-Non-Oss" http://download.opensuse.org/update/12.2-non-oss/ repo-12.2-non-oss-update
# zypper ar -f ftp://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/12.2/ nvidia
5. Run the distro upgrade -> zypper dup
So much to the theory, where everything should work well. But after a while X crashed (probably due to the new graphic card driver install) and the following image was shown on my screen:
Oh no! Something has gone wrong.
A problem has occurred and the system can't recover. Please contact a system administrator.
D'oh! at first sight but then it didn't really bother me. I hit CTRL+ALT+2 to continue on the console. I typed again zypper dup and the upgrade process continued more or less where it previously stopped.
After a while the ugprade finished and a reboot was launched.
12.2 started up as I expected it and as of now, everything seemed to work as it should. I also noticed that Firefox now finally doesn't crash anymore, when I sign off an ILO3 page.
Update November 9th, 2012:
Firefox works on ILO3 pages now... but crashes on OTRS when a new window/popup should be opened. Great :-/.
Update November 22nd, 2012:
The Firefox problems seem to be related to the openSUSE Firefox extension. As soon as this Add-On was disabled, everything was fine and no browser crashes happened anymore.
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