strange behavior after slackware upgrade and
the solution is at the end of this post (not in the replies)
First: I am using Slackware 13.37 64bits.
Second: perhaps my english is bad.. sorry!
Yesterday I upgraded my slackware (with slackpgk upgrade-all) (i think it was my first upgrade with the 13.37), everything upgrade ok, I think... also, when the upgrade finished, i tried to install google chrome, but i couldn't[*]
Suddenly, everything started to fail.. I couldn't execute anything (telling me that the command was not found) and KDE went crazy.., so I changed to another terminal and logged in as root, everything was ok, i could execute everything, so i tried to log in as my user and I couldn't.. with an strange error: "couldn't change to directory "/home/my_user". With the root user i checked that folder /home/myuser was there and with right permissions, and all was OK.. except because i couldn't log in with my user!, so, i rebooted and everything went back to normal, i could use my user, execute programs, etc.
as it was too late, i shuted down the computer and went to sleep...
But today... i realized i have no more internet connection! (now I am using windows..)
I am using an ADSL Huawei startax mt810 modem, it's old, but i don't understand what happened!
I know you might not have any clue, but... do you guys have any idea?
[*] about why i couldn't install google chrome... well, as i said it was late and i was a bit tired, but i needed the chrome! but the source code was too heavy to download, so I tried to download the slackware package that google recomends:
it is for slackware 32bits, but as i installed the multilibs some time ago, i thought it could work... well, it didn't, i had some missing [32bits] libraries, so I uninstalled the google-chrome package... then i thought of downloading the debian-64bits-package frome the oficial google page and convert it with "alien -t", i tried it but alien FAILED..., so in my fight against google chrome, I tried to install the debian package by my self.. it isn't hard.. it's just a tar and 7z compresed files.. so, somehow, I installed the google chrome, but, it didn't work either... i had some missing libraries [do'h]...
here is the solution!
the files /etc/ppp/pap-secrets and /etc/ppp/chap-secrets where empty (only comments) and in those files there must be the username and password, so I wrote there in both files
but i don't understand what happened, this is how the problem started (in few lines)
I have an slackware 13.37 64bits and i run slackpkg update and slackpgk upgrade-all.
at the same time, i was trying to install google chrome.
suddenly the machine went crazy, and after reboot everything was normal, but my adsl usb modem huawei smartax mt810 didn't connected (so i didn't have internet).
when i run pppoe-start (to connect to the internet), the modem tried to connect but after some secconds i received a timeout.. (if the message had been "wrong pass" or something like that...)
so, here is how i came to the solution:
after markush advices about multilibs and the slackpkg upgrade, i reinstalled the multilibs (anyway, the modem doesn't need them). as it didn't resolved the problem, i tried to reinstall the modem drivers and see if everything was ok, i reinstalled libatm and br2684ctl, but i didn't touched ppp or it's config. However, it didn't helped, ultil i read this tutorial (in spanish)
where it suggests you to see the files
and see that the user-pass were there... but my files didn't have anything but comments!.. so i wrote there the user and pass as described above
my first idea when reading your post was: if you have multilib installed, which packages did you blacklist for slackpkg? as you know the multilib-environment substitues some of the native Slackware packages and if you don't blacklist the multilib-packages they will be substituted by slackpkg with the native ones.
Looking at the changelogs for 13.37 I cannot seem to find any upgrades which can cause the problems you describe. BTW I'm running Slack-13.37 on two machines (and current on another) and I did not experience such problems within (at least) the last year.
Are you sure that you have configured for the 13.37-mirror and not the mirror for current? you may check the /etc/slackpkg/mirrors file.
Could you please provide more information about your hardware?
hello there! thanks for your reply!
here is my pc:
ADM Athlon 64 x2 4400
gforce 8400 gs
ADSL Modem huawei smartax mt810, connected by USB, and it uses the nas0 and ppp0 network devices
and here is my dmesg: http://pastebin.com/5shULKT6
don't know what else to tell you...
first, i didn't know i needed to blacklist some packages when i use multilibs... anyway, if there had been any conflics between the miltilibs and the upgrade, wouldn't I had lost the 32bits lib and keep the 64bits? I don't remember why i installed the multilibs but i *think* my modem use the 64bits libs.
thees are my blacklisted packages:
and the last thing, my slackpgk mirror is OK, slackware64-13.37
I think that what messed all up was my crazy idea with chrome...
and of course, the modem itself is fine, it works in windows and in another slackware pc, which i am using right now.
UPDATE: i have some memories... i saw that i-dont-remember-what about gcc was updating (but my i was so n00b that i didn't realized..). so my gcc multilibs libraries would have been "updated" to the normal 64bits libs, so perhaps the glibc libraries were "updated" too! that would explain the "strange behavior", wouldn't it?. I will reinstall the multilibs and see what happen.
Bytes and thanks again!
you could edit your /etc/slackpkg/blacklist file and delete all blacklisted packages (just commet them out with a #).
When running "slackpkg clean-system" you can select not to remove any packages which have nothing to do with your problem.
Afterwards you should try to get your internet-connection back. And if everything is working properly you can reinstall multilib, but be sure to read the manuals for slackpkg and multilib and blacklist the multilib-files before the next time trying an upgrade with slackpkg.
hello there! it's solved!
so wired... the problem was:
2 files, that contains my user-pass for my adsl modem, were "blanked", i meant, the user-pass weren't there!
i'll update the main post with the solution.
perhaps... something got upgraded-downgraded and those config files were replaced with new files, or i don't know, it was all strange! :/
anyway, thanks for your help! and i have blacklisted my multilibs as the tutorial says.
As we say in spanish:
Saludos y muchas gracias!
now the solution is at the main post :)
but one question..
i had slackware 13.0 64bits installed by DVD (an almost-fresh install), and when 13.37 came i upgraded following patrick's tutorial in UPGRADE.TXT, i mean, without upgrading to 13.1 in the middle. Do you think i can have any kind of problem with that?
bytes and thanks!
When normally updating my system I use "clean-system" at last.
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