Hmmmmm. I'm not sure. I just did it on my machine to duplicate your issue and it worked fine. But there are multiple posts in the LMDE forum about x issues so I'm wondering if it's a gdm issue or other xserver type issue you are faced with. I'd suggest searching the LMDE forum for the exact problem you think may have happened and also search the Debian forums looking for others running testing that had a similar failure after an update.
as cecar said you just had press q in the screen where the terminal stopped and the update would continue. If you watch closely, you have a similar screen updating though synaptic, but in that case a close button is available.
Thank you all for the "q" information. I thought my computer was frozen. Heck, maybe it was, but we'll never know because of my reinstalling LMDE.
But, would it not be BETTER to have that "q" information on the terminal?
I really mean it. Seriously, if we can have Christophe Berg's name appearing on the terminal, why can't we have, press "q" to continue?
The idea being to smooth the rough edges of LMDE (already under fire) so that all users of vastly different skill levels (newbies to "old-timers") could easily glide through the update/upgrade process...
In my opinion, this could/should be implemented at the source....
I've had no problems with this screen using the synaptic route....so isn't the point already made?
yes you have a point here, but please consider that the source is Debian and not Mint and probably they consider that info "unnecessary" - if you are running Debian there're a few things they assume you know
My interest, and I hope your own, is to attract, and capture NEW PERSONS to this distro called LMDE ,and make it as simple as possible for any skill-set level to have a permanent and positive life-long MINT experience.....and IMHO ,that was not the way to do it.