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Re: [trinity-users] migrating from Debian to Devuan + VLC

From: Jimmy Johnson <>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 07:54:45 -0700
On 05/21/2018 04:11 PM, Robert Peters wrote:
> On 20 May 2018 at 00:34, Dr. Nikolaus Klepp <office@...> wrote:
>> Hi!
>> Am Sonntag, 20. Mai 2018 schrieb Robert Peters:
>>> On 22 April 2018 at 12:28, Jimmy Johnson <> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I installed Debian to an external SSD from the most recent iso image
>>> and started to follow the migration instructions (webpage link above).
>>> BUT BEWARE ... the command
>>>          root@devuan:~# apt-get purge systemd systemd-shim
>>> offers to also remove most of the Devuan setup and make it unbootable
>>> !  (no bloody way, mate)
>>> So the setup still appears to have both Devuan and systemd.  I wonder
>>> what to do in this case.
>>> - R
>> Please follow these stept to move from debian jessie to devuan jessie:
>> Then you might want to move to devuan ascii :-)
>> Nik
> Hello Nik,
> Thanks for the reply. For now, I have installed Debian 9 to an unused
> area of the laptop's SSD. In the migration instructions I followed
> most of the steps but stopped at the command "apt-get purge systemd
> systemd-shim". It offered in part to do the following:
> The following packages will be REMOVED:
>    caja* dbus-user-session* gvfs* gvfs-backends* gvfs-daemons* libpam-systemd*
>    lightdm* mate-applets* mate-control-center* mate-desktop-environment*
>    mate-desktop-environment-core* mate-panel* mate-polkit* mate-power-manager*
>    mate-settings-daemon* network-manager* network-manager-gnome* policykit-1*
>    synaptic* systemd* systemd-sysv* task-mate-desktop* udisks2*
> The following NEW packages will be installed:
>    initscripts insserv startpar sysv-rc sysvinit-core
> But I am reluctant to proceed, apprehensive of clobbering the system.
> What do you think?

I did 3 merges on this laptop yesterday, Jessie, ASCII and Beowulf, I've 
got this stuff down, first simply install sysvinit-core and then reboot 
and install the devuan repos and keyring so you can update aptitude, 
install aptitude if you don't have it and with the devuan repos now 
working, aptitude update and then aptitude dist-upgrade and see how that 
works.  Works swell for me, also I go to synaptic where I can change 
some package versions, I can see them in synaptic as obsolete and I 
change them to the devuan version and fix it all up where it's a nice 
clean system.  Remember to not use the Debian repos when you do the 
dist-upgrade, it won't work having both devuan and debian. I hope this 

Jimmy Johnson

Devuan Beowulf - TDE Trinity R14.0.5 - Intel P8400 at sda7
Registered Linux User #380263