Eric H. Johnson on 3 Sep 2012 10:14:40 -0700

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[PLUG] Broken Ubuntu upgrade

Hi all,

I just upgraded one of my notebooks to Ubuntu 12.04. The upgrade went fine,
however I hate unity, so I then proceeded to uninstall unity and install
GDM. That appears to have been a mistake, as it now hangs on booting. In
normal boot, it dumps boot logging text up to "checking battery" and just
freezes. It has loaded a bunch of services by that point, including
postgresql and things of that sort.

If I boot in recovery mode, I do not get to the menu, it does boot to a
command prompt however. I did a check on packages and it says there are no
broken packages. I tried running the dist-upgrade again and it said there is
nothing to upgrade, and I tried re-installing unity, which worked as far as
installing, but no real difference as far as booting.

The file system is otherwise intact, so I can get at what little data I
would want to save, and rebuilding is no great loss. It would mainly be the
time it took to set up all of the applications, as a couple were a bit of a
pain to get working.

I also burned a 12.04 CD and booted to it, but saw no additional recovery
options. Is there anything else I can do at this point to recover the
system, or am I better off just starting over.


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