Upgrade Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10

When upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10 from 8.04 apart from the usual considerations I stumbled across these things:

  1. Set Prompt=normal in /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades. This allows the update-amanger to consider the next "normal" 8.10 release after the 8.04 long term support release.
  2. Set dash as default shell. Point /bin/sh to /bin/dash by running apt-get install dash; dpkg-reconfigure dash. Some package installation scripts rely on /bin/sh being dash and not bash.
  3. Openvpn now has a mandatory argument script-security. Without a proper setting externals cripts will not be executed and your private tunnels may not come up.

Running do-release-upgrade went very smooth afterwards.

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