System Update froze - UbuntuMATE 16-04

Bret Busby bret at
Sat Jun 23 00:21:08 UTC 2018

On Fri, 22 Jun 2018, Colin Law wrote:

> Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 00:26:01
> From: Colin Law <clanlaw at>
> Reply-To: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions"
>     <ubuntu-users at>
> To: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions"
>     <ubuntu-users at>
> Subject: Re: System Update froze - UbuntuMATE 16-04
> On 22 June 2018 at 17:14, Bret Busby <bret.busby at> wrote:
>> ...
>> It seems to me, that the software update of the Ubuntu base part, has
>> broken the system.
> No, almost certainly your failing disc or interface has temporarily
> broken the update s/w.  Unplug the drive and there is a good chance
> the upgrade will continue.
> Colin

Okay - I have copied as much as possible, from the home partition, to a 
USB thumb drive, and, unplugged the HP external HDD, and restarted the 
software update/upgrade procedure, and, it completed okay.

Problems still show with the HP external HDD, in var/log/syslog, after 
the system reboot, with having plugged the HP HDD back in beofre the 

So, I need to replace the HP external HDD.

I still think the initramfs bug needs fixing, as I said in a previous 

Bret Busby
West Australia

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