Debian 10 (Buster) Upgrade Notes

The upgrade to Wazo 19.13 or later will take longer than usual, because the whole Debian system will be upgraded.

The database management system (postgresql) will also be upgraded from version 9.6 to version 11 at the same time. This will upgrade the database used by Wazo. This operation should take at most a few minutes.

After the upgrade, the system will need to be rebooted.

Before the upgrade

  • Make sure your version of Wazo is at least 18.01. You can run wazo-upgrade to check the version currently installed. If your version of Wazo is older that 18.01, you should first upgrade your Wazo to Debian Stretch, following the procedure described in Debian 9 (stretch) Upgrade Notes.
  • Make sure your have sufficient space for the upgrade. You might run into trouble if you have less than 2 GiB available in the file system that holds the /var and / directories.
  • Remove the freeradius package. If you have recompiled Asterisk on you server you most likely installed the libfreeradius-dev package, which pulled freeradius. This package cannot be confiugred on Debian Buster under some circunstances that are not under our control. You can remove it with the following command apt purge freeradius
  • If you have customized the Debian system of your Wazo in some nontrivial way, you might want to review the official Debian release notes before the upgrade. Most importantly, you should:
    • Make sure you don’t have any unofficial sources in your /etc/apt/sources.list or /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory. If you were using the stretch-backports source, you must remove it.
    • Remove packages that were automatically installed and are not needed anymore, by running apt-get autoremove --purge.
    • Purge removed packages. You can see the list of packages in this state by running dpkg -l | awk '/^rc/ { print $2 }' and purge all of them with apt-get purge $(dpkg -l | awk '/^rc/ { print $2 }')
    • Remove .dpkg-old, .dpkg-dist and .dpkg-new files from previous upgrade. You can see a list of these files by running find /etc -name '*.dpkg-old' -o -name '*.dpkg-dist' -o -name '*.dpkg-new'.


The upgrade must be done with three commands:

  • wazo-dist -m pelican-stretch: Ensures your system is not restricted to a specific version
  • wazo-upgrade: Installs the wazo-dist-upgrade script and makes sure the system is up-to-date.
  • wazo-dist-upgrade: Upgrades to the latest version of Wazo with Debian 10 (Buster). This upgrade will take longer than usual.

You may need to reboot your machine before running wazo-dist-upgrade. wazo-dist-upgrade will tell you if a reboot is needed.

To minimize the downtime, you can pre-download the packages required for the upgrade with:

wazo-upgrade -d
wazo-dist-upgrade -d

After the upgrade

  • Check that customization to your configuration files is still effective.

    During the upgrade, new version of configuration files are going to be installed, and these might override your local customization. For example, the vim package provides a new /etc/vim/vimrc file. If you have customized this file, after the upgrade you’ll have both a /etc/vim/vimrc and /etc/vim/vimrc.dpkg-old file, the former containing the new version of the file shipped by the vim package while the later is your customized version. You should merge back your customization into the new file, then delete the .dpkg-old file.

    You can see a list of affected files by running find /etc -name '*.dpkg-old'. If some files show up that you didn’t modify by yourself, you can ignore them.

  • Purge removed packages. You can see the list of packages in this state by running dpkg -l | awk '/^rc/ { print $2 }' and purge all of them with apt-get purge $(dpkg -l | awk '/^rc/ { print $2 }')

  • Reboot your system. It is necessary for the new Linux kernel to be effective.