[smokeping-users] Upgrade 2.3.6 to 2.4.2 Debian (Niko Tyni)

Keith Pawson keith at winnetworks.com
Fri Jan 15 23:03:11 CET 2010

Thanks for the quick response, think I might run up a test box and play with
going to a non-Debian version and if all that works out will do the same for
the production machine.

It would good though if the Debian version had the FF35 fix, but I'm afraid
helping you with this is way beyond my skills, sorry.


> Message: 5
> Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:12:15 +0200
> From: Niko Tyni <ntyni+smokeping-users at mappi.helsinki.fi<ntyni%2Bsmokeping-users at mappi.helsinki.fi>
> >
> Subject: Re: [smokeping-users] Upgrade 2.3.6 to 2.4.2 Debian
> To: smokeping-users at lists.oetiker.ch
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> On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 02:33:47PM +1100, Keith Pawson wrote:
> > I've got a Debian Lenny box with Smokeping running 2.3.6 which was
> installed
> > from the Debian Repos with Aptitude about 18 months ago and all is
> working
> > fine.
> > However, I want to upgrade it to 2.42 and then the latest snapshot to
> > resolve the FF35 zoom issue and I'm having problems figuring out the
> process
> > steps.
> >
> > >From what I've read, Googled and seen on this mailing list archive I
> should
> > just copy over the top of the current installation, but this is where I
> seem
> > to find it confusing as there does not appear to be a single area of the
> > Smokeping files. I can see my data and customised graphs and have backed
> > them up together with my config files such as Targets etc but where do
> the
> > directories of the unzipped smokeping-2.4.2.tar.gz go?
> I'm afraid it's not quite as simple as that. The files need some
> modifications to work in the directory hierarchy as used by Debian, and
> copying local files over dpkg managed ones in /usr means dpkg is free to
> overwrite them on upgrades (for example in security updates and the like.)
> The right way to switch to a non-Debian version is to install it
> separately to /usr/local or /srv and configure it yourself. You need
> to copy over the old data but that should be straightforward.
> If you're only after the FF35 fix and are happy with 2.3.6 otherwise,
> you might be able to get away with the old Debian installation by just
> copying over the newer scriptaculous and prototype javascript files. Using
> dpkg-divert(8) to prevent dpkg from overwriting your changes in the
> future would be a good idea in that case.
> I suppose I should see about providing an updated lenny 2.3.6 version
> to fix the FF35 issue. If somebody wants to help, finding a minimal fix
> to the prototype/scriptaculous stuff (as opposed to blindly upgrading
> it all, which goes against the Debian release policies for 'stable'
> updates) would go a long way.
> --
> Niko
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