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SubjectRe: Some more pre-2.0 input
On Tue, 14 May 1996, Hartmut Niemann wrote:

> Hi Peter!
> > Ever tried reading Documentation/CHANGES, which is exactly what you're
> > looking for?
> Thank you, I have not, i surely will.
> But my point is a little different: if somebody has a from-the-box 1.2.8 or 1.1.9 or 0.99.xx
> system, what does he have to replace to run a 2.0.0 kernel? Probably everything...
> My system at home ist a 1.2.13 pre-elf, and I guess i will more or less reformat it, if i do not
> find an easier way. I think I won't upgrade package after package.
> >
> > About whether or not to reformat, that will allways be up to you to
> > deside.
> No, it's not. Some systems make it really a good idea to - at least -
> delete them (deltree c:\windows) before installing the new version.
> Does a new installation really cope with _all_ old config scripts?
> Does it overwrite them? Process them? Leave them untouched? move them to *.old?
> Do you know when the (just as an example) lilo.conf script last changed
> it's format? The network config scripts?

Lilo, PPPD etc. are not the linux kernel; they are userland, and when and
how to deal with old configurations is _usually_ a distribution problem, and
_almost_never_ a kernel problem; the exception of course is areas of kernel

I'm not disagreeing, but perhaps carry this on more effectively on
linux-admin/debian-user/some-slackware-list etc? Even if everyone here
agrees with you, is the kernel going to contain code to clean up /etc/ and
convert old ppp config files??

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