Upgrading with update-manager over remote GDM

Chris Coulson chrisccoulson at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 28 21:43:15 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2009-01-28 at 22:07 +0100, Thomas Novin wrote:
> (copying text from my LP bug[1])
> Hello
> I was about to do a distribution upgrade from 8.10 latest to 9.04 alpha
> yesterday. I started it via a remote GDM session (which seems to run
> over SSH). I got a warning that the upgrade might fail and that a second
> sshd was started on port 9004. Well, probably nothings going to happen I
> thought.
> After downloading all packages and upgrading for maybe 5-10 minutes my
> GDM session froze. I was unable to contact the client that I was
> upgrading, didn't even respond to ping.
> When I was able to check the remote client out physically I noticed that
> my session previously active was still running. I couldn't use anything
> though, nothing was possible to start. I tried to restart X but it
> didn't start again. I could see lots of segfaults in dmesg and ifconfig
> showed that there was no eth0 any more.
> My suggestion: Make the warning a LOT more scary! It took me a while to
> repair the system and my upgrade probably isn't that good because it's
> done mostly via aptitude and not update-manager.
> 1. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager/+bug/322482
> Rgds


It's not really necessary to e-mail this list to tell everyone about a
bug report you just opened.

Anyway, you already ignored the warning that the upgrade might fail and
proceeded to upgrade despite this. So, how is "making the warning more
scary" going to help, when you'd probably just have ignored that too?

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