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Old 11-23-2017, 12:03 AM   #1
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Update Failed --Current


When I ran my upgrade script today, the latest update failed when it attempted to run lilo. Lilo hung for half an hour or more. My Slack box is currently unusable.

Attempts to run lilo from a terminal were fruitless.

The last time the upgrade script tried to run lilo, it took much longer than usual.

No error messages were thrown.

I suspect that this is likely a local problem and sometime over the next couple of days I shall reinstall v. 14.2 and see what happens.

In one way, I'm grateful, as I have a backup of /home as I can now establish a separate /home partition. I will report back after I've tried to reinstall with anything I learn.

I do hope that my computer ain't broke, but we shall see.

Fortunately, the important stuff is on an external USB drive.
 
Old 11-23-2017, 02:47 AM   #2
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yah

a local rsync copy of stable & current has saved my butt this upgrade cycle.

the 4.14's have been weird ones.
 
Old 11-23-2017, 06:27 AM   #3
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Not an option getting a recent install medium and booting into the installed system with that for the moment?

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In a pinch, you can boot your system from here with a command like:

boot: huge.s root=/dev/sda1 rdinit= ro

In the example above, /dev/sda1 is the / Linux partition
 
Old 11-23-2017, 10:29 AM   #4
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Fortunately, the important stuff is on an external USB drive.
Yep. I do the same. I have a separate mounted /home partition so doing a re-load isn't a big deal if and when I need to do that.
 
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Old 11-23-2017, 02:32 PM   #5
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This Thanksgiving I am giving thanks for backups to external media.

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Not an option getting a recent install medium and booting into the installed system with that for the moment?
My desire to create a separate /home outweighed my impulse to tinker. Plus it was probably about time to blow away some dustbunnies.

This computer came from Zareason with Slackware installed and had a boot partition. When I repartitioned the HDD, I skipped the boot partition and installed Lilo to the MBR, which has always worked for me.

The full Slack install went surprisingly quickly, but I reckon the 16GB RAM had something to do with that. I had a bad moment when I couldn't connect to the internet, but I quickly discovered I'd typed the static ip address incorrectly, placing me out of my subnet.

I restored my /home from backup. After I rebooted and connected to the internet, I updated 14.2, set up my firewall and installed fail2ban, Sylpheed, podget, and QMMP. I also created a special download directory to receive SlackBuilds, so they will be easy to find.

All my configuration files seem to be in place. I still need to configure Samba get some other bits of software (Alien Bob's LibreOffice and VLC in particular), but all-in-all I got off lucky.

I'm going to wait a while before I move to --Current

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Old 11-25-2017, 01:47 AM   #6
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Why move? All you need is sufficient drive space and interest to create a parallel install. Rebooting doesn't even take enough time to make lousy instant coffee.
 
Old 11-27-2017, 10:41 PM   #7
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Because it's my party and I'll cry if I want to?

Cracking wise to the contrary notwithstanding, I do not want to divvy up my Slackware computer between two operating systems, even if they are both Slackware, and I'm quite willing to accept the hazards of running a testing distro.

The dual-boot computer is over there. ---------------------->

Indeed, in rebuilding my system, I relearned several things that had faded from memory, so I think the crash, although annoying, was ultimately a positive learning experience. As the man said when his neighbor's child took up the oboe, "Great aches from little oak horns grow." Or something.

(If I sound a little abrupt, blame my dentist; I'm two teeth down tonight, and I think the painkillers are working . . . .)

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Old 11-28-2017, 10:39 PM   #8
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Just as an update, I installed VirtualBox and VB PUEL to my new reinstalled Slackware 14.2 system and all my VMs restored from backup to external media are working perfectly.
 
  


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