[xubuntu-users] 14.04 stopped working

John R. Sowden jsowden at americansentry.net
Thu Nov 12 18:11:17 UTC 2015

On 11/12/2015 09:56 AM, flocculant at gmx.co.uk wrote:
> On 12/11/15 16:45, John R. Sowden wrote:
>> Major Problem:
>> A couple of days ago, I attempted to install an upgrade of Libre 
>> Office using the command line.  As I have actually held off 
>> upgrading, occasionally,  in the past few years due to no 
>> instructions on how to upgrade under Linux, I was quite pleased to 
>> see concise instructions.
>> What I did not know was: (1) I did not have enough disk space to do 
>> the install, and (2) the install program does not check for adequate 
>> disk space before commencing the installation process. It stopped 
>> somewhere in the process saying that files cannot be created.
>> Now, when I boot this computer, I get the sign on, then I get the gui 
>> screen with moving mouse pointer, but no icons, nothing in the top 
>> bar, etc.  I can ctrl-alt F1
>> and I can move to various locations in the text mode, but my business 
>> information is in the gui world.
>> Help?
>> John
> Try going to ctrl+alt+f1
> login
> sudo apt-get autoclean
> See if you've sufficient space. If not
> sudo apt-get clean
> Those will clean old packages from the apt cache or clean all packages 
> from the cache.
> I've seen the gui with nothing there with a completely full /
performed the two above.  then rebooted, now it is up and running, with 
Libreoffice - seems that the old version had not been written over
by the new version yet.

thank you all,  will take notes for the same event in the future (human 
nature, Murphy, etc.)

Thanks again,


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