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Re: Stranded between lenny and squeeze

On Sat, 02 Jul 2011 03:14:12 -0400, William Hopkins wrote:

> On 07/02/11 at 01:47am, Hendrik Boom wrote:
>> I'm in the middle of the upgrade from lenny to squeeze.  I have a
>> partially working system.  I've been following the instruction ins the
>> release notes,
>> http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/release-notes/
>> ch-upgrading.en.html and I've gotten as far as upgrading the kernel and
>> udev.
> [...]
>> And I can't use cntl-alt-F1 to get a text console, because all I get is
>> a blank black screen.  Is gdm taking over the text consoles and
>> disallowing them?  How do I get my text consoles back so I can proceed
>> with the rest of the upgrade?
> You can shutdown gdm from inside a GUI, or you can disable gdm and
> reboot, or disable gdm and telinit 1 && telinit 2. Then do your upgrade,
> and re-enable gdm. Since you're still in squeeze, disabling gdm is
> probably update-rc.d -f gdm remove. Stopping gdm is just /etc/init.d/gdm
> stop.
>> Or is there some devious trick I'm missing?  Will an ssh connection
>> from another machine survive the upgrade process, for example?
> SSH will probably survive. Even restarting the sshd process does not
> typically kill user connections.

So any of these techniques would enable me to finish upgrading.  And 
maybe that will restore the text consoles.

But might these problems be an early sign of something really serious 
that will get worse when I finish the upgrade?  Probably not, is my guess.

-- hendrik

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