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Old 01-16-2017, 04:26 PM   #1
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openSUSE Tumbleweed - Aborted update repair


Running the latest Tumbleweed, and the system informed me there were xxx packages available for update. Fine, so I said to install said packages.

As fate would have it, the power failed in the middle of the update...I want to say there were over 100 packages listed for update when I started. System came up, but no X, no GUI (IceWM, Gnome, and KDE were all dead), but I could get to a console. The solution was to reboot in runlevel 3. Since I was using NetworkManager, and I didn't feel like messing with wifi, I plugged in an ethernet cable, and manually configured an address/route to get to the internet.

From there...typed in "zypper dup". All of the pending updates were installed/re-installed, and everything worked from there. Simple, but had to dig a bit to get the right command.
 
Old 04-03-2017, 01:21 AM   #2
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I was a little more fortunate than you. I was able to boot, and I got an IP from gateway, but internet was not responding - neither wifi, nor ethernet. Even ping 127.0.0.1 (loopback) didn't work, so I quickly gave up on that and disabled Autorefresh on repositories. Then I went back into zypper with an update parameter and managed to install the rest of the missing updates from cache. After a reboot, my network interfaces worked again.

PS: I thought I had learned from several attempts and mistakes in the past, that updating your Tumbleweed in i.e. more than one month of absence is dangerous, if you are traveling in the meantime. Especially if you have more than 1000 updates pending. It can eat up your system disk space even before the downloads are finished, so be sure to clear logs, thumbnails and other cache before starting. And only update when you are on a STABLE internet connection with AC adapter (or sufficient battery, better never take the risk) and assume, that you are able to complete the whole process in one take.

The most annoying thing about using Linux-based OS' is when kernel or network-related packages have updates but get interrupted in the process and sends you offline unconditionally... the SUSE-folks should really implement an easy rollback feature.

As for kernel: NEVER EVER update the kernel when outside the house!!! A pitch-black console screen can be really frightening for newbies, and your smartphone simply doesn't give a desktop comparable browsing experience when searching for help...

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Old 04-03-2017, 01:40 AM   #3
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The most annoying thing about using Linux-based OS' is when kernel or network-related packages have updates but get interrupted in the process and sends you offline unconditionally... the SUSE-folks should really implement an easy rollback feature.
They have, if using BTRFS and Snapper.

https://doc.opensuse.org/documentati...a.snapper.html
https://www.linux.com/learn/how-easi...hanges-snapper
 
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