this trusty MintCassandra box has been reminding me "a 7.10 upgrade is available" for a while now.
I have faithfully performed the periodic updates, as offered, from day to day, all along.
I am almost ready to put Elyssa on a nicer box, but I want to continue to run this faithful, solid, reliable MintCassandra for a while to come.
THIS PROBLEM came along today, after a rare reboot.
I had mistakenly spelled $ nano nameOf900mBdvdISO.iso
$ nano nameOf900mBdvdISO.iso.md5
took a long time to show "killed" in the terminal session
so i figured may as well reboot for a clean session (a superstition hard learned from Redmond)
Upon reboot, the little orange Updater said
"there are 550 updates available'
so i go toward the usual Update Manager, and a dialog comes up with no title in the title bar.
In the body the headline says
"Not all updates can be installed.
Run a partial upgrade, to install as many updates as possible."
"This can be caused by:
- a previous upgrade which didn't complete
- Unofficial software packages not provided by Ubuntu
- Normal changes of a pre-release version of Ubuntu"
TWO BUTTONS - [ Partial Upgrade ] [ x Close ]
Although I am cautious to wrangle with vagaries of doing a Dist-Upgrade
i click Partial
after password we get a window (properly) titled Distribution Upgrade
which fails during the Preparation stage.
another title-less window comes up
"Can't guess meta-package.
Your system does not contain a ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, xubuntu-desktop or edubuntu-desktop package and it was not possible to detect which version of Ubuntu you are running.
Please install one of the packages above first using synaptic or apt-get before proceeding."
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I click [ xClose ] on that error window, and it is followed by another title-less window saying,
"Could not calculate the upgrade.
A unresolvable problem occurred while calculating the upgrade.
Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the files in /var/log/dist-upgrade/
in the bugrepoprt."
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ubuntu-desktop is not present in Synaptic, and I hesitate to do the
$ apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
in case mintDesktop will get jealous and throw a caniption.
ANY SUGGESTIONS ?