Offline upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 using installation disk won't work

Bug #1170531 reported by Alexandre Patenaude
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubiquity (Ubuntu)
Won't Fix

Bug Description

Fresh Ubuntu 12.10, fully updated, in a test virtual machine. What I'm trying to achieve is to upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 **without** an Internet connection.

Steps to replicate:

1. In a virtual machine, install a clean, fresh Ubuntu 12.10 system. Apply all available updates;
2. Shutdown the VM;
3. Disconnect network cable from the VM (this is an option in VirtualBox). Make sure your VM has no Internet link;
4. Insert the Ubuntu 13.04 beta 2 installation ISO in the VM. Reboot the VM;
5. Select your desired language, and click "Install";
6. On "Preparing to install Ubuntu" screen, make sure again that you see no Internet connection available. This prerequisite should be marked by an X on this screen. If an Internet link has been found by Ubiquity, disable this connection before continuing;
7. Then, on "Installation type screen", observe that the "Upgrade Ubuntu 12.10 to Ubuntu 13.04" option is greyed!!! It cannot be selected.

What is strange is the upgrade option as again available if an Internet connection is found by the installer. Repeat the previous steps, but this time, make sure your VM has an Internet link. Back on the "Installation type" screen, the upgrade option can be selected.

Is this a bug in Ubiquity? Is it normal -- the expected behavior -- for Ubiquity to require an Internet connection in order to performe an upgrade from Ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04?

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Dimitri John Ledkov (xnox) wrote :

It is correct, we do not support offline upgrades via ubiquity/desktop CDs. And even for servers, it is not recommended to use new server CD to do offline upgrade.

The support upgrade methods are with internet connectivity or a local mirror / package pool. One can for-example use tools like aptoncd to snapshot all installed packages, download them on a machine that has internet connectivity, bring them to the offline machine and upgrade it.

The reason behind this move, is enourmous amount of support cases of broken and partial upgrades since newer installation media will be missing manual additionally installed packages; packages that have now transitioned to new names; packages that have been removed from the default installation. Thus default install media for next release simply doesn't contain everything one will reasonably need to upgrade, hence the internet connectivity requirement.

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Won't Fix
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Alexandre Patenaude (alexandrep) wrote :

I'm a bit disappointed, but now I fully understand the limitations Ubiquity has to face. Thanks for your answer! I'll take a deeper look into APTonCD when I have a chance.

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