problems with 10.04 upgrade to 12.04

Dave Howorth dhoworth at
Wed Sep 5 10:19:02 UTC 2012

Marius Gedminas wrote:
> First of all, what is a graphical display manager doing on a server?

It's not a real server it's a test machine. One of its functions is
testing the website. The quid pro quo for my boss using a sometimes
flaky site is that he gets useful information from it the rest of the
time :)

> I've added a comment to the bug in Launchpad asking for some additional
> information that would be necessary to track this bug down.  It would be
> helpful for others if you could do what I asked there (edit the postinst
> script to increase verbosity by using set -ex, then re-run dpkg
> --configure -a and attach the output to the bug).

I've done that and posted the output as requested.

> Anyway, the quickest path to a fully functional machine would be to
> sidestep the bug by removing the lxdm package:
>   sudo apt-get remove lxdm

Sadly apt-get seems to be one of the programs that has problems in the
machine's current state. So it failed. I've attached the output of the
command above to the bug report.

I'm not very familiar with the debian/ubuntu package system (for that
matter, I try to be just a user of the rpm-based package systems on the
other distros I use).

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