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2.3 Upgrading a Debian system

One of Debian's goals is to provide a smooth, secure and reliable upgrade process. The packaging system alerts the administrator to important changes and sometimes asks the administrator to take decisions. You should also read the Release Notes; it is shipped on all Debian CDs and is available on the WWW at or

A practical guide to upgrades is provided in Debian package management, Chapter 6. This section merely provides an outline, beginning with the packaging tools.

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