[Mono-list] Upgrading Mono from source release: protocol

Abe Gillespie abe.gillespie at gmail.com
Fri Mar 26 19:44:18 EDT 2010

OK, these are all looking like great suggestions.  I guess I need to
learn myself a little more heavy hitting Linux admin skilz.

One question, though, doesn't the Mono install script put things into
/bin ... like the mono binary for instance?  How do these techniques
interchange those installed libraries and binaries?


On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 10:03 AM, Mario Carrion <mario.carrion at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 6:06 PM, Abe Gillespie <abe.gillespie at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I've been wondering about this for a while now, and since I'm running
>> more and more sites on Mono, I figured it'd be nice to have an
>> official process in place.  What is the best and official way to
>> upgrade Mono?  The scenario here is compiling from source.
>> What I usually do is this:
>> 1.  Download all the source packages into
>> /usr/local/src/mono-<latest-version> (libgdi, mono, xsp, and mod_mono)
>> 2.  Unpack everything.
>> 3.  Configure and build each.
>> 4.  Navigate into the /usr/local/src/mono-<previous-version> dir and
>> run the "make uninstall" script for each package.
>> 5.  Navigate back into /usr/local/src/mono-<latest-version> and run
>> the "make install" script for each package.
>> 6.  Finally, I delete the <previous-version> sources and tar and zip
>> the <latest-version> sources.
>> A couple of questions:
>> 1.  Is there an easy way to install multiple versions in parallel and
>> then switch back and forth by a simple config? - if you recall, I had
>> an issue a couple of weeks back that took my storefront down when I
>> upgraded my Mono version.  It was pretty painful to switch back.  It
>> would be nice if I could quickly revert, via config, to the previous
>> version.  That way I could go back and forth and test until I could
>> get things stable.
>> 2.  Is there any easier way to do what I'm doing here?
>> 3.  Is there a guide?
>> If no on 3), then if you can give me some pointers then I'd be happy
>> to put a guide together myself.
> Hello,
> I always use Pulque[1], after installing it you need to define an
> alias in your .bashrc (something like pswitch), and then you use this
> alias to create your parallel environments:
> pswitch trunk
> pswitch 2.6
> pswitch whatever
> to build, you will use pconfigure instead of configure, pautoagen
> instead of autogen.sh, and so on. USING[3] explains the "new"
> commands, you don't have to specify a prefix or anything else, because
> after calling "pswitch" all the environment variables are set. There
> are some other nice things (if you are using VCS to get the sources)
> in Pulque. I blogged about it a couple of months ago[2] a video is
> included.
> By default the files are installed in "$HOME/.root-env/<prefix-name>"
> Have fun
> - Mario
> [1] http://github.com/mariocarrion/pulque/tree/v0.1
> [2] http://blog.carrion.ws/2010/01/25/parallel-development-environments-pulque/
> [3] http://github.com/mariocarrion/pulque/blob/v0.1/USING
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