Entire partition locked up during upgrade

Bruce Bales bbales at cox.net
Sun Mar 16 18:07:27 UTC 2008

On Sunday 16 March 2008 12:25, Andrew Jarrett wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 12:40 PM, Bruce Bales <bbales at cox.net> 
> > I was running Kubuntu Gutsy on a 386 machine.  Started an apt-get
> >  update and then apt-get upgrade.  In the middle of the upgrade,
> > I started seeing:
> >  rm: cannot remove /usr/foo .......... Read-only file system
> I have seen the whole "Read-only file system" thing come up, but
> not while upgrading the system. I was unable to boot from the hard
> drive at all because my problem was that the connection to the hard
> drive came loose.  If you are able to boot from another partition
> on this hard drive, then that doesn't seem to be your problem.  I
> would suggest booting from a live CD, mount the partition read-only
> and then backup all your data (couldn't hurt).  After that I would
> check out /boot/grub/menu.lst and maybe /etc/fstab to see if you
> can find out why you can't boot off of the partition. I hope
> someone who is more knowledgeable can help you out with this one.
> Also, I am pretty sure that apt-get upgrade has nothing to do with
> the problem; probably just bad timing.
> HTH,
> Andrew
Thanks, Andrew.  I guess I can back up my data pretty easily without 
the live CD.  I have the faulty partition mounted as /media/hdd1 on 
this system.  

/boot/grub/menu.lst doesn't look much like that in this 6.06 system, 
but I don't know enough to say if anything is wrong.  They both have 
the ro in them.  During boot, the 7.10 system always gave me a black 
screen for several minutes, which I never did like.

title           Ubuntu 7.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
root            (hd2,0)
kernel          /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic 
d1f ro quiet splash
initrd          /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic


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