System Update froze - UbuntuMATE 16-04

Bret Busby bret.busby at
Wed Jun 20 18:35:55 UTC 2018

On 20/06/2018, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
> On 19 June 2018 at 18:40, Bret Busby <bret.busby at> wrote:
>> ...
>> Processing triggers for initramfs-tools (0.122ubuntu8.11)...
>> update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-4.4.0-127-generic
> Perhaps you are hitting this bug [1].  For them the solution was to
> make sure nothing else is going on in the background while doing the
> update and if you have any NFS drives mounted to unmount them first.
> At least I think that is their solution following a quick skim
> through.
> Colin
> [1]

Thank you for that.

It confirms that it is a bug, and not (hopefully) that I have caused
harm to the system.

At present, I have one window of Netsurf, running a gmail connection,
the System Monitor, three terminal windows, and two windows of caja -
the file manager (which has crashed in the last few hours), running on
that computer.. I am not game to kill caja, due to the risk of loss of
data, and, as it may (fingers crossed) come right.

When I do a system update, that involves the hernel, I shut down all
tasks in the taskbar, before commencing the update, as a system update
with involving the kernel, requires a reboot.

Things like fsync and rsync, are beyond my abilities, so I do not
wittingly use them.

As far as I am aware, I do not use nfs - that is a network filesystem, isn't it?

>From what I read, in the web page linked above, I think it is best
that I do not try to reboot the computer, until it is fixed, and, that
, as I previously indicated, I wait until 16.04.5, before attempting
another system update of the Ubuntu base part of the software updates.

The complexity of what appears to be involved, regarding this problem,
appears to be beyond my capabilities.

I seem to be able to use alpine, via a terminal swindow, and, gmail,
via a Netsurf window, and, sometimes, MeTV, on that computer, so, I
think I will just leave using the computer for them, until (hopefully)
16.04.5 is released and fixes it all.

And, I will not attempt a Ubuntu base update on my souper dooper
laptop, until 16.04.5 is released, and, then, iff it is confirmed that
the problem is fixed in that point release.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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