Can I upgrade Coconut to Mint?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Nov 23 20:42:05 UTC 2021

Also remember, you would have to somehow configure Mint to work like 
Coconut, there's a bunch of stuff you'll need from /etc/ to pull this 
off, and I would say, rather install Gentoo than do this. It's not worth 
it! By the way, neither is installing Gentoo.

Warm regards,

Brandt Steenkamp

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On 2021/11/23 22:28, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> In theory, since both are Debian based systems using dpkg and apt, you
> could add the mint repositories to your /etc/apt/sources.list and then
> run:
> sudo apt-get update
> sudo apt-get upgrade
> and all of your installed packages would be upgraded to the newest
> version provided by Mint.
> In practice, you'd likely end up with a mix of packages sourced from
> both, even if you also removed the Coconut repositories since the Mint
> version of a package would only be installed if it's version number
> parses as higher to apt... but worse, you might run into conflicts
> where a package sourced from Coconut depends on one version of a
> Library and a Package from Mint depends on a different version of the
> same library, you can't have both versions of the library installed at
> the same time, and you end up with a tangled mess that in order to
> upgrade some packages you must downgrade or remove other packages or
> swap a package that was installed as a dependency for an alternative
> package that meets the same dependency... Granted, such problems can
> come up when  upgrading from one release to another of the same
> distro, especially if there's an intermediate release(say, trying to
> go from Ubuntu 20.10 directly to 21.10 instead of upgrading to 21.04
> first), or even within the same release of a distro if the release
> gets frequent upgrades to individual packages and you go a long time
> without upgrading, but competent package maintenance can keep this to
> a minimum as long as you stick to one distro...
> As such, it's generally recommended that one does a clean install if
> they want to switch distros, even for distros that are very closely
> related.
> That said, if you have a separate /home partition, you might be able
> to migrate user setting simply by leaving the /home partition alone
> and creating a user with the same username as the old distro, and
> while it won't give you afull list of installed packages(which might
> not be all that useful, since some will be libraries that might not
> exist in the distro you're switching to, if you install the deborphan
> package and run
> deborphan -a
> It'll give you a list of installed packages that aren't depended on by
> other packages. They'll be prefixed with their section and one per
> line, but strip away the former and put them all on one line, and
> you've got the argument list to feed to apt-get install on the new
> distro to restore most of your installed software.
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