Debian rocks

Debian rocks

Kernel 4.5 to 4.6 upgrade

I'm running 4-series kernels on Jessie aka Debian-8 (latest Intel network drivers doanchano), this is a cinch... all you need is to add this into your sources - e.g. sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jessie_backports.list and add the following:

# jessie-backports, for linux-kernel-image-4
deb jessie-backports main contrib non-free
deb-src jessie-backports main contrib non-free

and then apt-get install -t jessie-backports linux-image-amd64

But then one day, apt-get dist-upgrade borked... and refused to install the latest kernel (transition was from linux-image-4.5.0-0.bpo.2-amd64 to linux-image-4.6.0-0.bpo.1-amd64).

Oh no - the dreaded broken held packages kerfuffle.

Turns out this was an unresolved dependency issue, and in the end I had to apt-get install -t jessie-backports linux-base first to get the appropriate linux-base installed.