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Old 01-03-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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Upgrade from Lenny to Squeeze very slow

I am following the Debian instructions for upgrading from Lenny to Squeeze. The minimal upgrade step, 'apt-get upgrade' has been running now for 47 hours. How long should I let it run before I pull the plug and do a clean install?

The system is a desktop machine with an AMD K7 Thunderbird 850 Mhz cpu. Lenny used 27% of the root partition and 17% of the home partition. I don't remember if the RAM is still 256MB of 133Mhz SRAM or if I added another DIMM.
Old 01-03-2013, 09:25 PM   #2
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47 hours is a bit long. Does the system seem to be stalled? Is it hung up on some tedious repetition?
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm not sure how to tell exactly what it is doing. I am running a script to log events but it gives no clue that I can interpret. Changing to <ALT F2> console the last line of the script as shown by 'tail' is

'Get:555 squeeze/main xkb-data 1.8-2 [839kB]'

Periodically, fairly early in this process I would be shown error messages of the form

'No path for 046d/c05a at 002/126'

I observed 8 distinct messages wherein all that changed was the 002/126 to 002/102 and then 002/052, 002/117. 002/080, 002/097, 002/038, 002/081. There were hours between messages. I determined that the 046d/c05a referred to my Logitech M100 mouse so I disconnected it from the system USB port. The system seemed to speed up for a time but has since reverted to slow. I judge speed by the frequency of the hard drive light flashes. The error messages stopped.
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The system was obviously locked in an endless, luckily benign, loop. Likely caused by the Logitech mouse. I killed the update, restarted the entire upgrade with no mouse connected. The entire upgrade then took less than 2 hours. Connected a different Logitech mouse after rebooting and all works well.



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