Ubuntu 8.04 LTS upgrade from 7.10 fails

Robert Stockdale IV bobstockdale at gmail.com
Tue May 6 10:15:09 UTC 2008

On Mon, May 5, 2008 at 8:13 PM, matt wilkie <maphew at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Bob,
> I ran into the same message as you, and the same disheartening answer,
> that
> one or more of the dozen or so 3rd party apps I've installed is causing
> the
> problem but that there is no way to know which one it is. Fortunately in
> my
> case that turned out not to be true. There is a logfile:
> /var/log/dist-upgrade/main-log. In there I discovered the precisely what
> went wrong:
> 2008-05-03 22:13:39,777 DEBUG The package 'nvidia-glx-new' is marked for
> removal but it's in the removal blacklist
> 2008-05-03 22:14:02,990 ERROR Dist-upgrade failed: 'An essential package
> would have to be removed'
> One single package, which I've had problems with before, and know how to
> remove and reinstall. Getting rid of that one program is a lot better
> prospect than blindly uninstalling from a long list of "say, you're not
> from
> around here are you?" suspicious suspects.
> cheers,
> -matt
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Thank you for the info. I'll try to remember that if I have trouble the next
time. I did and do have the proprietary nVidia driver installed. I ended up
installing 8.04 from DVD.
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