upgrade from 9.04 - 9.10: the most broken Ubuntu / Debian upgrade I have ever experienced

Davyd McColl davydm at gmail.com
Sat Nov 7 07:54:55 UTC 2009

On 2009/11/7 Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> Try have a look at https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/463347 -- there is
> currently an udev in proposed which should fix a lot of those
> symptoms. If it still happens, please do "ubuntu-bug" and file a new
> bug against the "storage device" symptom.
> I'll be quite happy to report a bug. I don't think my problem is udev
though -- the launchpad URL you gave suggests that a little bit of shell
code should return a number > 1000 for the problem to exist (I have to admit
that I haven't really interrogated the code, but it looks like it's just
looking for a count of file descriptors?) Anyhoo, when I ran it here, I get
'22'. Also, Dolphin (KDE file browser) doesn't suffer from the problem -- my
unmounted removable storage shows up in the list on the left and I can mount
and work with the drive from there. It's just annoying to have to launch up
Dolphin every time I insert a drive... Also, watching dmesg, I can see that
the drive is detected by udev. It's assigned a node under /dev. Nautilus is
the only silly puppy not wanting to display the drive. I gather there is
something that I'm missing or which has been under/over-tweaked in gconf?

> Yes, that's a known usability problem right now. Feel free to report a
> bug against devicekit-disks.
> Will do.

> > I also notice, from my clean 9.10 vbox vm, that the old policykit
> > is not installed by default any more.
> It was superseded (for GNOME) by policykit-1, as you said.
> > I've uninstalled it from my main machine here, but it also took a
> > few apps (k3b and some other K apps) with it -- which I'm not all
> > that pleased about. I don't use k3b often, but it's nice to know
> > that I have it if I want all the advanced features it offers.
> Well, then don't uninstall it -- "you asked for it, you got it". :-)
> There's nothing wrong with having both installed.
> Ok, well the only reason I removed it is because I wasn't sure. When things
stop working the way they have for the last goodness-knows-how-long, I'm
willing to try just about anything.

There is no shame in not knowing; the shame is in not finding out.
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