Progress on 12.04 (Was: Re: 12.04 upgrade problem)

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at
Wed Nov 7 00:09:15 UTC 2012

On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM, Jim Smith <jim at> wrote:

> Thanks to those who helped. I have made some progress on recovering my
> upgrade to 12.04 from 11.10. The upgrade was done using Update Manager
> thus: "gksu "update-manager -d" " from a terminal. Everything appeared to
> go fine until time to boot the new system. It only went about half way and
> hung with a mess of error messages.I have since d/l a copy of the 12.04.01
> install disk. Booting with the disk I was first unable to copy the files
> from my home directory to a portable HD. A workaround went thus: I was able
> to open a terminal on the desktop, then using the command "sudo su root" I
> opened a root shell in the terminal. In that shell I issued the command
> "nautilus" to open a file manager with root privileges. I then copied the
> entire /home directory to the portable HD with no problem. Thus backed up I
> can probably re-install with no problems.
> I have one question. The partition I use for Ubuntu on this old laptop
> shows as 48Gb. Approximately how much should I use for / and how much for
> /home (home is about 20Gb)?
> Thanks all
> Jim

That should be plenty -- I'm running 12.10 on this system and the /
partition uses a bit less that 6 GB. (You want to make sure you have more
than 1GB headroom so 48GB should be more than plenty, barring hard drive
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