Error attempting to update 14.04

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Mon Nov 17 19:32:23 UTC 2014

On 11/17/2014 01:07 AM, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 11:52:08AM -0600, Jim Byrnes wrote:
>> I have updated 14.04 on my laptop multiple times without problems,
>> but last night after the downloading phase was completed I got an
>> error during the installation phase. Now I have no network
>> connection wired or wireless.  I verified that the cable is good.
> Ouch.
> Do you have any network interfaces?  'ifconfig -a' will list them.

I have lo but no eth0

> Do you have Network Manager installed?  Running?

sudo NetworkManager says it is already running pid 1100

route -n just shows the headings but no info under them.

>> During installation a dialog popped up saying the package system was
>> broken. Said I should disable 3d party software and run apt-get
>> install -f.  Did both. Here is the error portion of the apt-get
>> command typed in because of no networking.
>> preparing to unpack.../libpython3.3-stdlib_3.3.6-2+trustyt1_amd64deb...
>> Unpacking libpython3.3-stdlib:amd64 (3.3.6-2+trusty1)
>> dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libpython3.3-stdlib_3.3.6-2+turusty1_amd64.deb
>> (--unpack):
>> trying to overwrite
>> '/usr/lib/python3.3/idle/', which is also in
>> package idle-python.
> This looks like a broken PPA upgrade, from whichever PPA that provides
> Python 3.3 for you.
> I suggest you attempt to remove both conflicting packages with
>    sudo apt-get remove idle-python3.3 libpython3.3-stdlib --fix-missing


> followed by
>    sudo dpkg --configure -a
>    sudo apt-get install --fix-missing

Except for the suggestion to autoremove blt, which I did, these produced 
all zeros except 106 not upgraded.

OK.  I have a wired connection back.  Looking a the Software Updater I 
noticed that there was an Other section at the bottom of the list that 
contained about 10 items. I deselected them all and let the install 
proceed. It finished up and I rebooted and now my network is back. I 
plan on installing each of those 10 packages one at a time to see where 
the problem was.

> You can install them back later.  Perhaps from a different PPA -- I
> recommend, it
> shouldn't have this problem.

That happens to be were I got it. I have had no problems with it on my 
desktop running 12.04.

> This problem with 3rd-party Python packages isn't something that's
> likely to have broken your network connectivity.
> Marius Gedminas

Thanks,  Jim

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