How do I upgrade Red Hat Linux 6.0 -> 6.1?

A few questions:

1) I believe purchasing the 6.1 boxed distribution will do the trick, but what utility do I run in the 6.1 distro that will upgrade my PC's 6.0 install? Do I need to uninstall 6.0 and install 6.1 rather than 'upgrade'?

2) Can I download the 6.1 distro from Red Hat, and if so, what utility would I run to upgrade my PC to 6.1?

3) Can RPM handle this type if upgrade? In other words, can I download a "RH V6.0 to V6.1 RPM" package, and use RPM on my installed PC to upgrade my RH distro to V6.1?

Thanks in advance for any responses. I have tried looking (even the Red Hat site!) for this information, but to no avail.
JimIntrigliaAsked:
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ColinMcKinnonCommented:
1) Yes buying the 6.1 box will do it. If you have a GPL version of 6.0 then the GPL 6.1 should work too. Create boot disks as if for a fresh install, reboot with these disks and tell the computer you want to upgrade.

2) Unless you've got a very fast internet feed, thats probably not a very cheap / effective / reliable option. Also the download will be the GPL version which will not include some software found in the box set.

3) there is no single rpm containing all the upgrade.

Do you have a specific reason for upgrading? Perhaps you should just install the fixes from the RedHat errata page.
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gruseCommented:
1) It does the trick all right. Just start the installation from CD as you would for a fresh install. You'll come to a screen called "type of installation" or something like that. There you can choose server install, GNOME/KDE workstation install *and* update. It's the last entry in the list if you do the graphic install. If you do a text install, you get asked at the start if you want to install or update.

2) Well, you can always download, but then you would have to burn the ISO image onto CD. As far as I know there's no such tool as apt-get for the Debian distribution, where you just point it to a server and then it updates every package you have installed.

3) RPM can handle that kind of update (see 1), but in a different way. There's no RH6.0-to-RH6.1.i386.rpm, but you can do rpm -F updatedpackage-1.2-i386.rpm and it will update the package if (and *only* if) it is already installed. But you don't have to do that by hand, that's basically what Method 1 does automatically.

That said, do yourself a favor and backup your running Linux before updating. Maybe do a "rpm -Va" first, that will take a while and produce a list of packages that rpm thinks have integrity "problems". Usually they don't account for much, but if you did something that rpm doesn't understand, it might have problems updating your system.



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gruseCommented:
Damn, too late by 6 minutes! B^) But right on spot, ColinMcKinnon.
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ColinMcKinnonCommented:
gruse said "As far as I know there's no such tool as apt-get".

Don't know what apt-get does. If you have RH boot disks, then you do an ftp / nfs install. I think I saw something about an automatic rpm updater on <a href="http://www.freshmeat.net">FreshMeat</a> but in addition to the disadvantages os doing this with a 56K, metered dial up feed I'd be wary of using such a tool for security reasons.

(Maybe I should be keeping this up my sleeve to earn more points <g>)
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gruseCommented:
Ha, I can still do one more! B^)

If you want to update single packages, you can do a

rpm -F ftp://ftp.redhat.com/redhat/updates/current/i386/<mypackage>.rpm

http-URLS work too. If you're behind a proxy, you can tell that to rpm with the --ftpproxy or --httpproxy options.

FYI: apt-get is a tool for .deb-packages, used by Debian (and consequently Corel, too).
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JimIntrigliaAuthor Commented:
Thnaks colin and gruse for your quick response and detailed answers to my questions. My reason for upgrading was that GNOME was a buggy mess as packaged in V6.0. I have seen many updates come out for software contained in the V6.0 distro, so that why I thought I'd upgrade the whole mess.

On the other hand, it does make more sense to just use the RH errata page and RPM to update what I need updated, and ignore the rest. Less of a chance of breaking something, I agree.

Thanks again for your help :-)
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JimIntrigliaAuthor Commented:
Cool. I'll give it a try. Thanks again!
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