Is there a link to an explanation why the forum doesn't accept .txt files? Surely they save the most server space because they're so tiny.
The link you provided shows a conversation that reads like academically reconstructed spoken Sanskrit to me, as I'm quite a newb at Linux, but I still enjoyed reading it. I gather the issue was a kernel upgrade.
What happened is that I installed LM Debian and then did the update through the update manager. At some point the black text scroller below the update manager expanded to full screen and froze for a full 15 minutes (I checked with my stopwatch) before I had to use the reset button on the front of my desktop. LM Debian rebooted fine, and the update manager had the checkmark in it showing that all updates had completed, but when I tried to run either of the package managers I was told to open terminal and run "[something] -configure -a" (sorry, I don't remember the something) which was a typo in the error message because it should have been "--configure" rather than "-configure". Once I figured it out, I ran --configure -a and the log file I showed you is the last part of what I captured from my terminal window and saved to an .odt file. I was unable to capture the entire log file as I didn't know how to scroll back any farther than I already had (and if you can tell me how to scroll back farther in terminal, it would be appreciated). So I guess I need to know where to look for the native system log file that would report why the black window showing the progress of the update manager updates expanded to full screen and froze. I imagine the log file is buried somewhere among the 100,000 individual files that are part of the LM Debian system. I am daunted by the prospect of having to search for it. Please help.
Here are my specs:
AMD Athlon Dual Core x64 2.4 GHz 4600+
2 GB DDR3 dual channel RAM (forget the manufacturer and model)
320 GB 7200 RPM SATA HD with four OSs installed on six partitions (incl. one extended partition and three logical ones, a swap file, Mint Debian, and Mint Maya; the three primary partitions are Win XP Pro SP3, Win 7 Home Premium SP1, and one reserved for Win 8 that I can download and install about two hours from now)
250 GB 72000 RPM SATA HD with one primary partition for data backup and Acronis True Image boot partition backups (although I plan to create special True Image restore partitions on it at some point)
Nvidia 8400GS video card (yes, a s***ty 32-bit video card, but I'm planning to upgrade soon)
LG MDisc DVD-RW drive (cost only $20 at a local store)
Lloyd's 22" LCD TV set as monitor (yes, it eats butt, but I plan to upgrade to an actual monitor with better than 1160x768 resolution and off-center HDMI display correction if I can find one, so I can switch to HDMI instead of having to use standard video interface)
HP Deskjet F4280 All-In-One printer/copier/scanner through rear USB
cheap non-branded Chinese webcam through front USB (it works fine; cost me 1c on eBay with $15 shipping and took six weeks to arrive)
Logitech K260 wireless keyboard and mouse combo through rear USB adapter
Edifier desktop speakers
Microsoft headset with mic (cost only $15 on sale at the Canadian version of Radio Shack, which is called The Source)
Genius desktop microphone
Thanks again for your interest and help.