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Panther Compatiblity
Authored by: Craig Jones on Dec 02, '03 05:18:58PM

Made the mistake of trying to upgrade to Panther over the existing mount points. Things *seemed* to be working, but then I found that things like Terminal, Console, and X11 were not working. After some panic, I found that the upgrade did not follow the link to the Applications partition and these older versions of the applications don't run (either well or at all) under Panther. Copying over these apps from another system allows them to work, but some others are a bit more difficult to deal with. As previous upgraders from Apple have also had trouble with the Applications partition, I wonder if making a separate Applications partition is getting to be a bad idea. Does anybody have any positive results in getting the mounts to be followed by Apple's installers?

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Panther Compatiblity
Authored by: vonleigh on Feb 18, '04 01:32:41PM

Craig and wizwoz,

When booting up from another partition or disk (as is the case when installing the upgrade to panther), the partitions do not get mounted, as the fstab file isn't read. This is why the applications didn't get updated in craig's case, and why you don't need to unlink anything in wizwoz' case.

Now, this is an advantage of this system. What you should be doing is the following:

Since you have your Users and Applications separate from your OS partition, essentially this means that there shouldn't be anything important left in the OS partition, especially if you've gotten into the habit of installing items in your user ~/Library for example. In any case, if there is something installed in your OS, it's a good idea to get the latest version and make sure there aren't any compatibility problems.

Anyway, since there is nothing important in the OS partition, when upgrading panther one can tell the installer to erase the whole partition (you have backups right?). Notice that since your /Users and /Applications are now unlinked (since you booted off the CD), it will only delete your base OS install.

This way you are guaranteed a fresh OS with everything working perfectly.

After that, you copy over any new/updated applications back to your /Applications partition, create your users (in the same order you created them before, so they have the same UID, or if you're advanced enough do some terminal trickery); and by relinking everything you should be good to go, with both a fresh OS and all your settings, documents, applications, etc. Best of both worlds.


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