jobsworth6912
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updating raspbian jessie to stretch

Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:19 pm

my advice to anybody is not to update raspbian jessie to raspbian stretch.
after 2 days i now have 2 dead pi's. a zero W and a 3b.
all appears to go well - change jessie to stretch in /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update, apt-get upgrade, apt-get dist-upgrade with a few extra checks and then reboot.
zero W has no wlan0 and so no wifi despite all checks.
3b just sits there with blinking lights and no desktop.
unlike on a debian distribution there is no recovery mode.
so i am left with 2 dead pi's.
now downloading a fresh copy of raspbian which includes stretch.
it is easy now to understand why raspbian is distributed as a disk image.
it would take too long to do an install which is what is an upgrade.
end of rant.

fruitoftheloom
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Re: updating raspbian jessie to stretch

Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:38 pm

jobsworth6912 wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:19 pm
my advice to anybody is not to update raspbian jessie to raspbian stretch.
after 2 days i now have 2 dead pi's. a zero W and a 3b.
all appears to go well - change jessie to stretch in /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update, apt-get upgrade, apt-get dist-upgrade with a few extra checks and then reboot.
zero W has no wlan0 and so no wifi despite all checks.
3b just sits there with blinking lights and no desktop.
unlike on a debian distribution there is no recovery mode.
so i am left with 2 dead pi's.
now downloading a fresh copy of raspbian which includes stretch.
it is easy now to understand why raspbian is distributed as a disk image.
it would take too long to do an install which is what is an upgrade.
end of rant.
In the BLOG it states:

""Upgrading an existing Jessie image is possible, but is not guaranteed to work in every circumstance. If you wish to try upgrading a Jessie image to Stretch, we strongly recommend taking a backup first – we can accept no responsibility for loss of data from a failed update.""

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspbian-stretch/
Take what I advise as advice not the utopian holy grail, and it is gratis !!

DirkS
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Re: updating raspbian jessie to stretch

Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:44 pm

Well, I upgraded a 3B (with a lot of mods and extra packages) and had no significant problems...

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allfox
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Re: updating raspbian jessie to stretch

Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:14 pm

I upgraded a Pi 2B and a Pi 3B, both work.

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jahboater
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Re: updating raspbian jessie to stretch

Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:52 pm

I upgraded a Pi Zero W, a Pi2 (both Raspbian Lite), and a Pi3 (Full Raspbian) - all with no problems.

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Re: updating raspbian jessie to stretch

Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:26 am

My 2B with OpenCV 3.0.0 didn't upgrade - got error, then lockup and on a reboot all kinds of things started failing.
I started with a fresh image and am currently struggling along trying to compile OpenCV3.0.0 ...
Luckily I have a backup of my old image and this isn't one of my "important" Pi's...

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Re: updating raspbian jessie to stretch

Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:47 am

jobsworth6912 wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:19 pm
my advice to anybody is not to update raspbian jessie to raspbian stretch.
after 2 days i now have 2 dead pi's. a zero W and a 3b.
all appears to go well - change jessie to stretch in /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update, apt-get upgrade, apt-get dist-upgrade with a few extra checks and then reboot.
zero W has no wlan0 and so no wifi despite all checks.
3b just sits there with blinking lights and no desktop.
unlike on a debian distribution there is no recovery mode.
so i am left with 2 dead pi's.
now downloading a fresh copy of raspbian which includes stretch.
it is easy now to understand why raspbian is distributed as a disk image.
it would take too long to do an install which is what is an upgrade.
end of rant.
did you update raspi.list?

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