Anyway I decided to try upgrading my old Toshiba 320CDS from Debian Squeeze to Wheezy using cupt. Upgrading in Cupt comes in a couple of different flavors. I decided to go with the one I know best:
sudo cupt update
sudo cupt dist-upgrade
When the upgrade was done, everything seemed to be ok, but at reboot I was dropped to busybox...(sigh) as usual. This happens because I have to used the ide-generic kernel module to boot from my ide disks.
I typed in:
But my system said that no module with that name was available... (this is where I panicked and retyped that about twenty times trying different combinations of ide, -,_ and generic). Naturally that didn't accomplish anything so I googled a bit and found that ide-generic had been removed from the kernel packages and been replaced by pata_legacy.ko
So instead I tried:
The module loaded and my drives were recognized. I hit CTRL-D and the boot resumed.
As soon as my system was up and running I replaced ide-generic with pata-legacy in /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
sudo update-initramfs -u
...and rebooted without a hitch. Well actually, first I replaced it with pata-generic, which of course is very wrong and got dropped to busybox again. But I will never admit to that. ;)
Also I must say that cupt feels a tad bit snappier than apt-get.