View Full Version : OFFTOPIC: Linux problem on my SC server?

2010-06-06, 07:42

Very much off-topic, but are there any Linux gurus out there that can help me? My SqueezeCenter software (7.5) runs on Ubuntu 10.04. Today I tried a apt-get dist-upgrade to look for updated packages, and it well and truly borked.

Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security Release.gpg
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-security/main Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release.gpg
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/main Translation-en_GB
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-security/restricted Translation-en_GB
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-security/universe Translation-en_GB
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-security/multiverse Translation-en_GB
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security Release
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/restricted Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/universe Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/multiverse Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates Release.gpg
Ign http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main Translation-en_GB
Ign http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/restricted Translation-en_GB
Ign http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/universe Translation-en_GB
Ign http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/multiverse Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates Release
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/main Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/restricted Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/main Sources
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/restricted Sources
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/universe Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/main Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/universe Sources
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/multiverse Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/multiverse Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/restricted Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/main Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/restricted Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/universe Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/universe Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/multiverse Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/multiverse Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/main Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/restricted Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/main Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/restricted Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/universe Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/universe Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/multiverse Packages
Ign http://debian.slimdevices.com stable Release.gpg
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/multiverse Sources
Ign http://debian.slimdevices.com/ stable/main Translation-en_GB
Get: 1 http://debian.slimdevices.com stable Release [1,645B]
Ign http://debian.slimdevices.com stable/main Packages
Ign http://debian.slimdevices.com stable/main Packages
Hit http://debian.slimdevices.com stable/main Packages
Fetched 1B in 1s (1B/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed
linux-headers-2.6.32-22 linux-headers-2.6.32-22-server linux-image-2.6.32-22-server
The following packages will be upgraded:
linux-headers-server linux-image-server linux-server
3 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 41.6MB of archives.
After this operation, 210MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Get: 1 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main linux-image-2.6.32-22-server 2.6.32-22.36 [30.9MB]
Get: 2 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main linux-headers-2.6.32-22 2.6.32-22.36 [9,868kB]
Get: 3 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main linux-headers-2.6.32-22-server 2.6.32-22.36 [748kB]
Get: 4 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main linux-headers-server [3,964B]
Get: 5 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main linux-server [3,968B]
Get: 6 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main linux-image-server [3,974B]
Fetched 41.6MB in 49s (844kB/s)
Selecting previously deselected package linux-image-2.6.32-22-server.
(Reading database ... 50996 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking linux-image-2.6.32-22-server (from .../linux-image-2.6.32-22-server_2.6.32-22.36_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package linux-headers-2.6.32-22.
Unpacking linux-headers-2.6.32-22 (from .../linux-headers-2.6.32-22_2.6.32-22.36_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package linux-headers-2.6.32-22-server.
Unpacking linux-headers-2.6.32-22-server (from .../linux-headers-2.6.32-22-server_2.6.32-22.36_amd64.deb) ...
Preparing to replace linux-headers-server (using .../linux-headers-server_2. ...
Unpacking replacement linux-headers-server ...
Preparing to replace linux-server (using .../linux-server_2. ...
Unpacking replacement linux-server ...
Preparing to replace linux-image-server (using .../linux-image-server_2. ...
Unpacking replacement linux-image-server ...
Setting up linux-image-2.6.32-22-server (2.6.32-22.36) ...
Running depmod.
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-22-server
Running postinst hook script /usr/sbin/update-grub.
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-22-server
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-22-server
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-21-server
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-21-server
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (10.04) on /dev/sda1

Setting up linux-headers-2.6.32-22 (2.6.32-22.36) ...
dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
unable to create `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/tmp.i': Invalid argument
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.

root@music:/var/lib/dpkg# dpkg --configure -a
Setting up linux-image-server ( ...
Setting up linux-server ( ...
Setting up linux-headers-2.6.32-22 (2.6.32-22.36) ...
Setting up linux-headers-2.6.32-22-server (2.6.32-22.36) ...

Setting up linux-headers-server ( ...

Anyone any thoughts?

Sorry it's so off-topic, but I know I'm not the only one here using Ubuntu (server) to host the software.

Many thanks,


2010-06-06, 08:42
I can't help with the cleanup (but am optimistic for you; I've had my share of problems like that, usually on Red Hat, and they're always pretty easy to fix after a bunch of web searches). But, dist-upgrade?? Normally you want to do something like "aptitude update && aptitude safe-upgrade" to install package updates. "dist-upgrade" is for tasks like upgrading from 9.10 to 10.04 -- you shouldn't need to do that until at least October, when 10.10 is released. :-)

2010-06-06, 09:10
Many thanks peterw. Yes I agree, dist-upgrade is probably bit severe. It's what I've always used, out of ignorance more than design! I'll switch to aptitude rather than apt-get (which doesn't give the safe options) and see how I get on.



2010-06-06, 10:23
Hmmm....interesting. I've just done a clean install of Ubuntu 10.04, and this time switched to aptitude. Exactly the same problem, installing the latest kernels via aptitude. Very odd.....


Mark Miksis
2010-06-06, 18:44
"dist-upgrade" is for tasks like upgrading from 9.10 to 10.04

Really? AFAIK, dist-upgrade will use your existing sources.list and never try to upgrade from a repository for a newer release.

2010-06-06, 19:46
Really? AFAIK, dist-upgrade will use your existing sources.list and never try to upgrade from a repository for a newer release.

You are correct. On my 9.10 system, dist-upgrade doesn't try to update the OS. Doh.

2010-06-06, 23:33
Hi all,

I really appreciate all the replies to my message. But regardless of whether I use apt-get or aptitude, and safe-upgrade or upgrade or dist-upgrade, I get these messages about "Invalid argument" etc. Even on a clean install.

My Ubuntu install is running under Hyper-V, so I'm absolutely confident that there's no disk problem etc. I've used Hyper-V for a couple of years, with 9.04, 9.10 and now 10.04, and this is the first time I've ever encountered any problems.

Heeeeeeelllllllllllpppppppppppp please :-)


2010-06-07, 07:00

2010-06-07, 07:03
Many thanks, however I've managed to resolve it by removing hk_blksvc and hv_storvsc modules.