PSA - 19.3 to 20 - Just Do A Fresh Install

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S3NTYN3L
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PSA - 19.3 to 20 - Just Do A Fresh Install

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I just got done wasting 5 hours trying to recover from the uncountable errors during and after upgrade from 19.3 to 20.
Finally gave up and I'm now back on a clone of my 19.3 SSD.

I know, it's a PITA recustomizing your system after months/years of doing so. It certain will be for me. (Starting fresh tomorrow morning).
At least this time I can thoroughly document everything along the way in anticipation of Mint 21.

Do yourself a favor and just do a fresh install.
Never again... :(
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Re: PSA - 19.3 to 20 - Just Do A Fresh Install

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Having been through one or two similar experiences with Windows "upgrades" myself in the past, I can offer you nothing but the most sincere sympathy. It's unfortunate that wisdom can sometimes only come through hard and bitter experience, but so it seems. In any case, your cautionary advice is very sound IMO. Whatever extra effort may be required for a fresh installation is more than offset by avoiding the much greater effort potentially involved in recovery from failed upgrade attempts.
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Re: PSA - 19.3 to 20 - Just Do A Fresh Install

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Yep, it's been said many times, I've realized to start with that idea first.

Also, that's part of the reasoning why the Mint "Backup tool" was created, -easily moving to a fresh install.

But, alternately, a system that is not requesting an impossible situation with cooked packages, or who has purged then reinstalled possibly some other version of python or other important deep system packages, or otherwise using held packages, or weird 3rd party related package schemery, will upgrade flawlessly and with ease. Many users have had great, quick, and painless upgrades in the past day.

A system with a lot of software package related customizations, proprietary drivers, or any of the things mentioned above should go straight to the fresh install route. If mintupgrade check returns anything more than basically a smiley face, then you should abandon the path and go with a fresh install.

Glad you got it worked out though, nothing worse than losing important files that can not be replaced.
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Re: PSA - 19.3 to 20 - Just Do A Fresh Install

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Sorry for your experience. I had pretty standard install of 19.3 so I gave it a go with the Mintupgrade suggestion. Took a while but worked seamlessly!
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Re: PSA - 19.3 to 20 - Just Do A Fresh Install

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S3NTYN3L wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:04 pm
I just got done wasting 5 hours trying to recover from the uncountable errors during and after upgrade from 19.3 to 20.
Finally gave up and I'm now back on a clone of my 19.3 SSD.

I know, it's a PITA recustomizing your system after months/years of doing so. It certain will be for me. (Starting fresh tomorrow morning).
At least this time I can thoroughly document everything along the way in anticipation of Mint 21.

Do yourself a favor and just do a fresh install.
Never again... :(
Tried a fresh install after the upgrade failed miserably. Two thirds of the packages wouldn't work after doing the fresh install, heck I couldn't even activate the drivers for HPLIP and my EVGA GeForce card.
System:
CPU: Ryzen 5 2600
RAM: GSkill DDR4 8GB
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Storage: NVMe 500GB
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