System Update froze - UbuntuMATE 16-04

Bret Busby bret.busby at
Tue Jun 19 20:37:59 UTC 2018

On 20/06/2018, Sarunas Burdulis <sarunas at> wrote:
> On 2018-06-19 15:04, Bret Busby wrote:
> [...]
>> Now, I do not know how many hours this
>> update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-4.4.0-127-generic
>> step is supposed to take, but I think something is wrong there.
> It may take a while, depending on a system. I have seen it take up to 20
> min. on some very low RAM cloud instances (even then there are
> informative messages given), but you seem to have plenty of RAM.
> I don't know what's the root of the problem in your case. You may have
> to investigate, whether the process is actually doing something (disk
> activity, resource usage), attache to it via strace -p <processID>, etc.
> --
> Sarunas Burdulis
> Systems Administrator, Dartmouth Mathematics

It has now been running (or, frozen) for more than an hour.

Running strace -p <pid> returns
"wait4(1, "

Bret Busby
West Australia

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 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
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