8.04 Upgrade Failure - tzdata (and many others)

Bill Moseley moseley at hank.org
Mon May 5 23:07:19 UTC 2008

On Mon, May 05, 2008 at 01:35:46PM -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
> Bill Moseley wrote:
> >  unable to make backup link of `./usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Atikokan'
> Is Atikokan _still_ out of step with the rest of the world?  I remember 40
> years ago being told it was on "Railway time", but I don't imagine it's
> much of a railway town, anymore.

Probably.  But, any idea how to get around that?  I suppose I need to
find the install script and see why it's unable to make a backup.

Anyone know how best to do this?  Where's the install script for the
package and can I edit it on disk and have it run w/o it being
extracted again from the .deb?

> > Then I tried to reboot:
> > 
> > 1) upon reboot I was sent to a shell prompt and told to run fsck.
> > fsck reported many bad blocks.  I had run fsck before the upgrade and
> > have never seen any problems.  Not sure if the upgrade could have
> > caused that or if fsck is reporting wrong.
> More likely your drive was already bad.

That would seem most reasonable.  But it's very curious that the
machine has been fsck clean for the year I've had it and then just
after doing an upgrade that the disk then starts reporting *a lot* or
errors.  No?

> > Is it worth trying to fix or is it time for a clean install?
> I'd want to (a) fix everything fsck can fix - there's no way you can count
> on the system working if you're running off a bad filesystem; then (b)
> run "aptitude -f install" to make sure that the install is really complete
> (sounds like it probably isn't).

Only package not installed is tzdata with the error above.  aptitude
-f install is not resolving that.

Bill Moseley
moseley at hank.org

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