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Old 06-09-2011, 06:56 AM   #1
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Unhappy [Squeeze] Aptitude freezes whole system during download


Title says it all? I used aptitude in interactive mode. During the download screen the whole system froze.
What I did:
Hard resetted.
After first reboot I used dpkg --configure -a as prompted.
This time 'resumed' installation normally (tasks still in cahche).
Added some other packages. Froze again. Hard reset.
Realized it might be aptitude which is the cause. Aptitude->freeze->hard reset.
Two questions: How can I find out what's wrong? How can I ensure the packages I have installed now aren't corrupted?

Please help.
 
Old 06-09-2011, 09:10 AM   #2
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Very strange - I don't use aptitude in interactive mode - only cli mode - so I've never encountered anything like that. Were you running in a virtual terminal or in a main tty? Can you ping the hosts in your sources.list ok? Try the following:

Code:
aptitude clean
aptitude update
aptitude -f install
aptitude full-upgrade
Post any output.

Don't hard reset a frozen system, use "magic keys" first e.g:

ALT+SysRq+S
ALT+SysRq+U
ALT+SysRq+B

(google it)

Last edited by cynwulf; 06-09-2011 at 09:14 AM.
 
Old 06-09-2011, 03:35 PM   #3
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Thanks. I knew there were some magic keys, and it's much easier googling specific combinations. If you hadn't noticed: I'm kind of a newbie...
It appears I was wrong with blaming aptitude. Now Opera crashed. Maybe something in my ethernetcard? !@$! I just remembered I changed some BIOS settings pertaining to the PCI devices... I'm going to look into that.
 
Old 06-25-2011, 12:39 AM   #4
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Thumbs down Ouch, fixed

Turns out the whole drive I installed Linux on was old and broken. (I should have known.) This thread will give me a head start the next time something similar happens; Thanks for the replies.
 
  


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