[mythtv-users] Moving from debian to ubuntu on master backend

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Sun Nov 22 13:29:38 UTC 2009

On 11/22/2009 06:56 AM, John wrote:
> Thomas Mørch wrote:
>> I'm planing on doing my first reinstall of my debian server for the 
>> last 6 years, as my current partition scheme is getting a bit to 
>> limited.
>> I also plan on upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10, as it seems like they have 
>> more "new" stuff that I could potentialy use in my system (backend is 
>> used as web, sip, mail, samba, webcontent filtering, and mythtv server).
>> The most critical component right now, that I'm a bit worried about, 
>> is MythTV, The WAF will drop considerable, if our old recordings are 
>> lost.
>> Is there any precautions that I have to take?
>> Current setup is mythtv 0.21 fixes. Recording directories are on a 
>> seperate drive, to the root partition, so they won't be deleted 
>> during the move.
>> I also plan on using a new drive for the root, so I still have my old 
>> debian, if anything goes wrong. 
> I think the only critical thing is that you follow the backup and 
> restore database instructions. If you do a clean mythbuntu or  UBuntu 
> 9.10 install i THINK you will end up with a clean install of 0.22, 
> which your database backup will not be suitable for. You must ensure 
> that you only restore to the right version of the database, so either 
> downgrade the new database to a 0.21-fixes install restore and then 
> upgrade, or upgrade on the old install backup and then restore onto 
> the new.

Right.  Though, doing a full restore  of the 0.21-fixes backup is fine.  
But it's critical that you DROP the existing (0.22-fixes) database 
before restoring the 0.21-fixes backup.

Don't do a partial restore--there's really no benefit to it (unless you 
have a corrupt schema) and it's much more complex because of the version 

See http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Database_Backup_and_Restore for more.


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