[xubuntu-users] 13.10 to 14.04 nearly went smoothly
peter at silmaril.ie
Sun Apr 20 22:30:47 UTC 2014
I upgraded one of my sacrificial machines yesterday, an old Dell
Optiplex used as a spare print server and experimental client workstation.
The upgrade went smoothly until it hit a subdirectory of Emacs where I
had carelessly left a soft-linked a file from my personal store of
stuff, instead of copying it. That gagged the Emacs24 deferred
post-installer byte-compilation, which brought the entire installation
grinding to a halt with dire warnings that if I rebooted I risked having
an incomplete system.
In fact I had been monitoring it, so I knew how far it had got. I
deleted the offending file and rebooted, and everything came up clean
except for re-running the byte-compilations and then removing all the
no-longer-needed packages from apt.
Where would be the right place to report the error? That application
byte-compilation should fail gracefully and pass on to the next
operation, rather than crashing a system update. It's not really an
Emacs problem, in that there's nothing wrong with the binary; but I
don't know whereabouts in the Xubuntu tree responsibility for the
post-installation stuff lives.
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