Update broke my installation!

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sxphild
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Update broke my installation!

Postby sxphild » 19 Mar 2018 16:28

A few days ago, I decided to update my laptop:
Dell 1525 Core2 duo, 3G RAM, Current OS solydx 201701

I clicked the update arrow in the tray. It completed, and things
were not good:

1. I have auto-login enabled, and I was presented with a login
screen, with my username. So I put in my password.
The login screen disappeared, then came back...it didn't reject
the password, just re-prompted me..

By chance, I found that I could log in as root with my password.
So I did passwd phild to change it. didn't work...same result.

Logged in as root, I backed up all my personal files onto an
external drive. Decided to reinstall my 201701 install to revert.

Unfortunately, I had left the network plugged in, and the install ended
with the same situation - ( auto-updated ). The series of dialogs
came up which prompt for installing Flash, CSS etc. Out of curiosity,
I tried to install them - that failed too ( " There were errors; ....).

So, I unplugged the net, and re-did the installation, which went
flawlessly. Now I just have to put all my files and apps back..

Unless I am missing something obvious, it seems that this is a really buggy
update.

Your comments?

Thanks,

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ilu
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Re: Update broke my installation!

Postby ilu » 19 Mar 2018 16:46

Do you remember which packages where updated bevor things failed? There was the debian point release (a LOT of packages) and several minor updates some days later. Did you do your updates regularly? I'm trying to narrow down what caused the failure.

sxphild
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Re: Update broke my installation!

Postby sxphild » 21 Mar 2018 16:47

hi ilu,

No I don't remember which packages were installed before the update failed.
I don't update regularly. So there were a lot of packages to install...at the top
of the list was what looked like an O/S upgrade from release u8 to release u10.

with the fresh install I just did, I thought perhaps if I clicked the arrow, it
would bring up the same list...but no luck - it was just an update of the
updater itself!

I read somewhere that it is better to backup your files, and do a fresh install
of the latest O/S vs. upgrading the old one. I have the .iso of the latest SolydX,
so maybe I'll try that. One thing I've noticed is that, with every new version
of solydX, boot and response times get slower - I have pretty old hardware,
and hoped this distro would run speedily on it...but then I probably should
buy some better hardware, too!

For now, I'm OK.

Phil

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ilu
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Re: Update broke my installation!

Postby ilu » 21 Mar 2018 23:51

The fact that you are talking about an "update arrow" lts me suspect that you are still on SolydX8. Please always post which system you are on on. Don't let me guess whether 2017something was still jessie or already stretch - I could look it up but it would be quicker if you just said it.

Jessie (8) still gets security updates from Debians Long Term Support team for about 2 years from now. But if you want to debug anything you need to do regular updates. That way you'll know what (approximately) caused the error. Nobody will be able to sort out a year worth of updates if anything goes wrong.

Updating your system using the scripts the team provided would have worked well last summer but might not go smoothly now. The best course of action would be to backup and install the latest SolydX9 and see what happens. As a first remedy against ressource hugging I would purge clamav.
One thing I've noticed is that, with every new version of solydX, boot and response times get slower
Debian incorporates support for newer hardware and some day in the future support for your hardware will get dropped. That's the day Puppy Linux or something similar will come in handy.

sxphild
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Re: Update broke my installation!

Postby sxphild » 22 Mar 2018 02:03

I appreciate your advice..

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[quote]Please always post which system you are on on. Don't let me guess whether 2017 something was still jessie or already stretch[/quote]
How can I find which Debian version the system is using?
I opened software update settings, and there was a mention of
"Jessie" in there, so I assume this is jessie.

uname -a shows me
the kernel version number, but no label..

Anyway, you are probably right, it is probably not "9" Stretch...after all
it dates from January of 2017..

Thanks again...I'm not yet a linux geek...

Phil

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ilu
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Re: Update broke my installation!

Postby ilu » 22 Mar 2018 02:56

inxi -Fzxr is a good command to remember when starting a support thread. But even uname -a would already tell me which version you are on - well, not necessarily, but in most cases.


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