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Re: sarge->etch upgrade hits dependency hell

On Monday 11 December 2006 14:57, hendrik@topoi.pooq.com wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 10, 2006 at 07:38:37PM -0800, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> > On Sun, Dec 10, 2006 at 09:04:13AM -0500, hendrik@topoi.pooq.com wrote:
> > > Unfortunately, after the mass upgrade yesterday, the system now boots
> > > without either a functioning X or a functioning net.  udev complains
> > > that it doesn't have a recent enough kernel, which may be part of the
> > > problem (no /dev/eth*, for example).  So the next step seems to be to
> > > find out how to tell my apt-sources file to look at an etch-install
> > > CDROM (will the netinstall CD suffice for this, or do I actually have
> > > to get the first CD of the 15-odd CD set?) as a package-source and then
> > > upgrade the kernel.
> >
> > why don't you boot sarge, chroot into etch and install a kernel from
> > inside the chroot? I think udev wants a kernel >= 2.6.15, IIRC.
> Actually, it turns out that aptitude *&had* managed to install the new
> kernel -- it just hadn't put it into the boot menu -- a probelm easily
> fixed from the sarge system.
> I now have an etch with networking, which I can use aptitude on, but
> whose X doesn't come up properly.  startx brings me to the black screen
> of death, xdm permits me to enter username and password, blanks the
> screen as if it is doing something, and then returns to its login
> screen.  gdm doesn't even get to login -- it just gives the black screen
> of death.
> I looks as if I will have to investigate another day -- my regular users
> are showing up.
> -- hendrik
> > A

Hi Hendrik. I had problems with X on Etch, but this was originally installed 
from Woody cdroms. Anyway, adding a couple of modules to /etc/modules fixed 
the problem for me. See below.


Worth a try.


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