Upgrade problems…

Okay, so the first round of updates (10.10 to 11.04) didn’t go so well. I’m typing this up at my main PC next to my server, which has been hit by bug #753853¬†– “The disk drive for / is not ready yet or not present …” Sigh. I think what happened is that X¬†decided to fall over midway through configuring the packages.

This drops me at a prompt which asks whether I want to skip mounting /, or to attempt a manual
recovery. Skipping just starts the same error for the next entry in /etc/fstab, but hitting “M” drops you a root recovery prompt with a readonly Filesystem.

However – all is not (hopefully) lost! Within that bug report is a resolution:

Choose M to enter recovery console.
where sda1 is my installation partition:
# mount -w -o remount /dev/sda1 /
# dpkg --configure -a

the mount command remounts / as a writeable filesystem again, which we can then jump into with dpkg to finish configuring the update packages (and saying “No” to hundreds of config file updates)

Okay – dpkg finished, and it’s booting… there’s plymouth… mouse pointer! Hooray, here comes X.

Wow, I’d forgotten how bad Unity was – THIS is why I didn’t upgrade the server.

Okay – on to 11.10!

Edit: The upgrade to 11.10 went extremely smoothly. I just need to ensure all my cron jobs and various other scripts run correctly, then we are all set!

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