[clug] Dist-upgrade woes - was Re: Advice request on upgrade to Debian Squeeze local mirrors?

Felix Karpfen felix.karpfen at gmail.com
Thu Mar 24 23:56:44 MDT 2011

On Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:41:00 +1100, Scott Ferguson wrote:

> On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:44:37 +0000 (UTC) Felix Karpfen wrote:
>> We were both wrong; but you were closer.
> Don't matter how much you miss a target by, a bad shot is a bad shot ;-p
> (I was just wrong)
> <snipped in case length is why the dog ate half my last post>

Your posts all made it (to my newsreader); my last posting made it to 
"gmane.org" and from thence to the CLUG list; but not back to my 
newsreader.  I have now set up an alternative route to "gmane.org" via 
"Google Reader"; so I will know what failed to arrive and at what point.
>> When the dist-upgrade started, my CD drive was called /dev/hdc. The
>> entry in my /etc/fstab reads:
>> /dev/hdc        /media/cdrom0   auto    ro,user,noauto  0       0
>> There is a sym-link from /media/cdrom0 to /cdrom;

> My relevant /dev entries after a dist-upgrade:-
> **lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root           3 Mar 25 09:03 cdrom -> sr0**
> So it shouldn't matter.... else try adding a sym link as suggested by
> David. There's also a remount option, but I've not tried it under these
> circumstances.

There are no entries in my /dev directory that match the above - possibly 
because of the uncompleted "dist-upgrade". My sym-link (/cdrom -> /media/
cdrom0) remained unchanged.
>> At least I was able to do a clean shutdown this time.


> Sorry I don't have a simple solution - I'm still going to wait until the
> end of Lenny's Security updates before moving my main work machines to
> Squeeze.

The end-product of the failed dist-upgrade may be beyond my repair-
abilities.  But it led to the discovery of "reportbug" package/routine.  
This is the official channel for communicating with the Debian package 
maintainers.  I sent a brief summary of my woes and scored preliminary 
replies direct from 2 maintainers within 4 hours of posting my story.

I will not weary the CLUG list with the details. If you are interested, I 
can send to you direct the copies of my answers to their replies.  But it 
might be better to wait until the full story has unfolded.


Felix Karpfen
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