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Re: Help! Update screwed my box up 'automagically'!

On Sat, 1 Sep 2007, Martin Waller wrote:


No idea whats gone wrong - I did a get updates thing using dselect whilst installing some other software and find loads of my configurations have changed.

I guess its a result of this: http://www.debian.org/News/2007/20070817

First, my /boot/grub/menu.lst has been dicked around with:
- originally I had two options - multi and single user mode (Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.18-4-686) now I have four with kernel 2.6.18-5-86 options higher up the list...this stopped my network from working unless I select the now not default option I wanted originally. I remember some operating system called Windows that dicked around with configuration files without asking - I avoid it wherever possible.. Don't tell me Debian has gone this way? *rolls eyes*.
Does this mean my kernel has been updated automatically? Please no.

Secondly, OK so I can delete that crap from my menu.lst or select the other oirignal options - but now my X sessions all start up in 640x480 (gnome) and I can't change the resolution!

I'd got all this set up nicely, and a simple update dicks around with stuff and screws up my system - how can this be possible?

I guess I need 'educating' in how Debian operates now, and how to 'undo' the bad side effects I'm suffering, but if I can't resolve this stuff I'll switch distros. I've only just updated from Debian3.1 where I never had such issues - I'm upset and confused.

Thanks for any help,


First thing, take a deep breath.  It will be fine. Second, read this:
http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html. As 'help I just updated my kernel and now stuff is broke', really doesn't help anyone, epseicially you. How are we to advise you on that?

Anyway, did this happen in the transition from sarge to etch? or after the etch upgrade? What kind of network card do you have? Any reason you were doing this through dselect rather than apt-get or aptitude? Maybe even a 'aptitude update && aptitude upgrade' may solve some of these issues for you as well..

For your video problem, you can try :
dpkg-reconfigure xorg-xserver

that might clear that up.

But, in order for anyone to help you, you're going to have to give us some more info.


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