[ubuntu-uk] Upgrade woes

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Sun Oct 17 20:48:16 BST 2010

On 17/10/10 17:34, Barry Titterton wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-10-12 at 12:51 +0000, Glen Mehn wrote:
>> Please please please file against update-manager.
>> Rob: you can try this:
>> Boot from usb stick or live cd
>> Mount your filesystems in their correct places, so that your old / is at /mounts/oldroot
>> Open a terminal
>> Type 'chroot /mounts/oldroot'
>> Run 'dpkg --configure -a'
>> Run 'grub-install' (shouldn't be necessary, but can't hurt)
>> Exit the chroot
>> Unmount
>> Reboot without the cd
>> Best of luck!
>> Glen Mehn
>> e: glen.mehn at oba.co.uk t: @gmehn skype: glenmehn
> Glen,
> I finally found the time to try and fix this machine but I could not get
> this to work when running from a LTS live CD: when running dpkg
> virtually every line in the terminal had "permission denied", then the
> process gave up with the message "too many errors".
> Can you please give me exact, "Linux for Idiots" instructions for every
> step of the operation as I am obviously not doing something right.

I'm guessing you need to run the command as root, so put sudo in front 
of each of the commands.


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