Breezy upgrade disaster - Grub advice?

Brian Astill brian at
Sun Oct 23 13:03:48 UTC 2005

On Thu, 20 Oct 2005 10:26 pm, Derek Broughton wrote:
> Alex Mandel wrote:
> > bastill at wrote:
> >> Quoting 'Forum Post <ulist at>,
> >>
> >> '
> >>> Can you get a terminal session going. If so try this:
> >>> sudo apt-get update
> >>> -(to make sure that the sources are upgraded)-
> >>> sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
> >>
> >> OK - did that, and it DID seem to help.
> >> Only 4 issues reported:
> >> Postfix not configured, hence niether were mailx, mutt or LSB-core.
> >
> > I had something similar, it turned out my uprade didn't finish.
> > I ended up changing my sources to a mirror since it wasn't retrieving
> > some packages and then using a -f:
> > sudo apt-get -f dist-upgrade
> >
> > After that X started working for me again and I used Synaptic to
> > unistall Postfix which then elimnated all those messages you mentioned.

Yup!  did that and the messages disappeared, even after I again did "sudo 
apt-get -f dist-upgrade"

> Any time you do a massive upgrade, repeat it.  Occasionally, even apt gets
> confused, and can not manage to get all dependencies straight.  So you do
> dist-upgrade until it stops complaining :-)

Well, it ain't complainin no more!  :-)
Still no X, though  :-(
More accurately, X starts, but no display manager.

Fortunately I have an 80G HD with some spare space, so have been able to 
install a fresh Hoary which I am using to send this message.  But still no 
working Breezy.  :-(

Only thing I can now think of is to empty the original ubuntu partition and 
install Breezy from scratch.  However, what might grub make of this?  Will 
the grub from breezy auto-detect existing systems and replace the existing 
grub without any problem?  If so, fine.  If not, what should I do?

Thanks for all help so far.


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