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Old 11-08-2005, 05:20 AM   #1
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Hoary to Breezy upgrade: more problems


I've just upgraded from Hoary to Breezy via Synaptic & encountered some problems. I hope someone can help.

1. now when i log in, i get an 'error message' that my login configuration file is wrong. Not sure how to change it, but the good news is that i can log in anyhoo.

2. OpenOffice Writer & Calc disappeared in the upgrade. I cannot load them from the 'Add/Remove Programs' window. This is kinda more serious as i do NEED these 2 programs.

3. More seriously, i cannot open Synaptic. I click & nothing happens. I've tried 'sudo synaptic' in Terminal & got 'segmentation fault'.

I'm enjoying using Linux, and have enjoyed Ubuntu a lot (my 1st distro was Mandrake 10) and i'm learning a lot, BUT i am still quite the NOOB. Suggestions with details will be quite appreciated!

Some Specs:
i have a Dell C610 Latitude laptop
and i'm using the Gnome desktop.

Thanks in advance!

Old 11-08-2005, 10:52 PM   #2
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I may be able to help a little.

I did the same last week and had the open office problem.

This in my case was due to a faulty sources list, here is what I did:

edit sources list and make sure they are all set for Breezy.

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Here is mine for reference:

##deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 5.10 _Breezy Badger_ - Release i386 (20051012)]/ breezy main restricted

## Uncomment the following two lines to fetch updated software from the network
deb breezy main restricted
##deb-src breezy main restricted

## Uncomment the following two lines to fetch major bug fix updates produced
## after the final release of the distribution.
deb breezy-updates main restricted
##deb-src breezy-updates main restricted

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'universe'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
## team.
deb breezy universe
deb-src breezy universe

deb breezy-security main restricted
##deb-src breezy-security main restricted

deb breezy-security universe
##deb-src breezy-security universe

deb breezy multiverse
##deb-src breezy multiverse

##kubuntu digikam, kipi-plugins
deb ./
deb-src ./

## KDE
deb hoary-updates main
Change au to your location.


sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
This worked for me, it downloaded a lot more packages including openoffice and avoids the need to use synaptic.

You may have problems if synaptic isn't working

The login problem cleared up after this too.

Post back and let me know if you have problems

Last edited by Kirmonkey; 11-08-2005 at 10:55 PM.
Old 11-16-2005, 06:14 AM   #3
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upgrade -- continuing problems

Well, after my original post i get futzing around & got the gdm to work, and also accesssed synaptic & downloaded ooo2. But now....

My continuing problems are incomplete access to the gnome-menu items, especially System > Administration ones. I can only access Synaptic via Terminal.

With all my attempts at trying various ways to make the system run better, it's gotten worse... and better.

i tried apt-get upgrade
i fixed the sources
i tried apt-get dist-upgrade

And unfortunately, i tried deborphan & removed all it suggested. HIGH)
After THAT, the log-in was INCREDIBLY slowed-down & even frozen.

Then i systematically restored all i'd previously removed. Better.

Then, i went back to the first pre-upgrade step AGAIN which was to

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-base ubuntu-desktop

Slightly sped up operations, and this added previously missing items to my menu bars such as Language Chooser & the jingle at the gdm login screen.


1) cannot access most of System > Administration menu
2) very slow operation + hard drive noise (i looked at system monitor & all levels are ridiculously HIGH)

my system:
Dell C610 Latitude laptop
PIII processor 1.2 GHz
video card ATI mobility radeon
ethernet card, wireless card

It's obviously mostly working -- i am connected to the internet via my computer.

I'm really a newbie, so would really prefer somewhat spelled-out suggestions..

Thanks very much in advance...........................chris
Old 11-16-2005, 03:50 PM   #4
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Chris, I wish I could help you with this, but I ran into some problems doing an upgrade, too. You stated that you are a noobie (like me), so I'll tell you what I did. I had a back-up of my home folder that I made before upgrading. I just re-installed Breezy from scratch. Figured it was easier than working to correct problems. Don't know what happened with this release. The Warty to Hoary went smooth.

If you continue battling the current problems, I wish you luck, I took the easy way out.
Old 11-17-2005, 11:05 PM   #5
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To hedge against loss of data if the same things happens again it's useful to have a separate /home partition to keep all your work and settings safe.

My laptop runs slow with ubuntu and I am looking at using a command called hdparm to do somthing about it. I am also looking at the kernel I am running and if it suits my athlon processor well. This is a dark art though and you may want to do some reading before attempting such a thing!

Think before you leap into things!


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