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Old 03-25-2010, 06:54 PM   #1
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Slackpkg killed my new installation.....


Hey Guys,

I've just made the jump from Slackware 10 to Slackware 13 x64 with my new PC. Spent an entire day getting it installed via my horribly slow internet connection and all went well. As a regular Gnome user on my other machine (Ubuntu) I ended up dropping on to XFCE for a desktop.

Things have gone real smooth until I used slackpkg to update. First I updated Firefox to 3.6, which unfortunately resulted in not being able to get back into XFCE with some kind of libcairo error. I wondered if there was another update which should have been included so I updated everything else with:

slackpkg upgrade-all

Now nothing works. Slackware boots but I can't even log in as root (hostname shows as none). Anyone got the faintest idea what has happened? I've used Slackware since version 7 and never had anything like this. In fact, never had a problem which is why I've never had to use forums.

Please let me know if anyone else has experienced this because this seems instantly quite unstable.

Thanks all.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 06:58 PM   #2
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Did you run slackpkg update before slackpkg upgrade-all?
Are you sure you've got a Slackware 64 mirror commented out in /etc/slackpkg/mirrors?
 
Old 03-25-2010, 07:01 PM   #3
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Yes, ran the update first. Just checked the mirrors file and yes, I was downloading the updates from virginmedia in the UK. None of the package updates reported any errors.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 07:08 PM   #4
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Can't think of anything else. Have to wait for a real expert to come along.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 07:14 PM   #5
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Thanks anyway Brian. Did't want to give up on Slack after so long, and with so many other really bad distros out there at the moment there isn't much choice if I want something stable. But, if this happens again not sure what I will do because I have a couple of apps that need the updated libraries and I donīt want to install many of those from source.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 07:14 PM   #6
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Did you "slackpkg install-new" and then "slackpkg upgrade-all"?
 
Old 03-25-2010, 07:23 PM   #7
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Please let me know if anyone else has experienced this because this seems instantly quite unstable.
Oh, I've hosed my system with slackpkg. I was running a Slackware 64 system,and I'd uncommented a Slackware-13.0 mirror rather than a Slackware64-13.0 mirror.

Easy mistake to make.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 07:25 PM   #8
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Did you "slackpkg install-new" and then "slackpkg upgrade-all"?
That would only apply if you were upgrading from one release to another, from stable to current. Not for a fresh install.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 07:40 PM   #9
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Uhm, I'm lost, then. When I used slackpkg before syncing with current, upgrade-all did the job.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 08:09 PM   #10
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try rerunning setup from a slackware cd.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 08:18 PM   #11
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This is one of the reasons why I am wary when using programs like slackpkg and slapt-get. They usually work but when they don't they leave your system unusable.

There _was_ a kernel update, but if slackpkg updated your kernel without you running lilo I don't think Slackware would be booting at all.

If possible could you post the exact line from /etc/slackpkg/mirrors and also the arch line from /etc/slackpkg/slackpkg.conf and is the kernel blacklisted in /etc/slackpkg/blacklist ?

I'm not too familiar with slackpkg, but that info should help someone who is.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 08:58 PM   #12
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This is one of the reasons why I am wary when using programs like slackpkg and slapt-get.
Dude...please don't compare slackpkg to slapt-get. The utility slackpkg is officially supported; slapt-get is not. I've had zero problems using slackpkg to upgrade my systems. I've found that slackpkg is a very smart utility.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 09:03 PM   #13
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Dude...please don't compare slackpkg to slapt-get. The utility slackpkg is officially supported; slapt-get is not. I've had zero problems using slackpkg to upgrade my systems. I've found that slackpkg is a very smart utility.
I won't compare them, but slapt-get is pretty handy. I've been playing with SalixOS and while I'm not 100% thrilled with it (it seems to take a lot more post-install config than Slackware proper) Slapt-get is pretty nice. Although the first thing I did with it was to install pkgtools. Go figure.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 09:42 PM   #14
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jump from Slackware 10 to Slackware 13 x64 with my new PC
Most usual mistake would be that slackpkg was pointed to a 32bit mirror when upgrading.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 11:21 PM   #15
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What gfx driver are you using? I did an update to 64-current and the kernel change hosed everything.
 
  


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