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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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t42 wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:04 am

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sudo apt policy mintupdate
mintupdate:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 5.6.7
  Version table:
     1:6.1.5~gm10 -1
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     5.6.7 500
        500 http://packages.linuxmint.com ulyana/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://packages.linuxmint.com ulyana/main i386 Packages
Here's the result.

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sudo apt policy mintupdate
mintupdate:
  Installed: 5.6.7
  Candidate: 5.6.7
  Version table:
 *** 5.6.7 500
        500 http://mirrors.netix.net/LinuxMint/linuxmint-repo ulyana/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://mirrors.netix.net/LinuxMint/linuxmint-repo ulyana/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
t42 wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:04 am

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sudo apt install mintupdate
If no luck with the above options, just purge and install current version

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sudo apt-get purge --autoremove mintupdate

tried this too. still no luck. same error when try to remove/downgrade foreign packages

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Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/foreign_packages.py", line 241, in <module>
    foreign_browser = Foreign_Browser()
  File "/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/foreign_packages.py", line 100, in __init__
    candidate_version = pkg.candidate.version
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'version'
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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Pjotr wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:53 am

Yes, unfortunately it's the end of the road for gm10's tools on Ubuntu 20.04 and all that's built on that code base, including Mint 20.

But there is a glimmer of hope: gm10's mintupdate has been "adopted" by the developers of Bodhi Linux; his mintupdate is even present by default in one of its editions.

Currently, Bodhi is still based on Ubuntu 18.04, but it's upcoming new version will be based on Ubuntu 20.04. It's likely that the Bodhi devs will fix gm10's mintupdate themselves, for the new code base. If so, that fixed version might become useful for Ubuntu 20.04 and Linux Mint 20....
I will treasure this "glimmer of hope" and look forward to a port to LM 20
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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Last kernel that worked is Kernel 5.6: https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.6.6/
Kernel 5.7 and 5.8 doesn't work anymore: https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.7.6/
This is downloading link for 5.6 amd64:
https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/m ... _amd64.deb
This is downloading link for 5.7 amd64:
https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/m ... _amd64.deb
They moved every architecture build into separate folder named by architecture amd64/, arm64/, armhf/ ...
Also I noticed that changelog/CHANGES file is removed.
I think this should be updated somewhere in /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintUpdate/common/MainlineKernels.py file.
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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Ya, lot of UKUU updates too.
I removed gm10's mintupdate and got the official one working. Sure feels like a downgrade... Wish the mint community could have forked it for LM20.
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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I don't see mintupdate on his github page. I have no idea if it was ever there, but you can't fork something if you don't have access to the code.
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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MrEen wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:51 pm
I don't see mintupdate on his github page. I have no idea if it was ever there, but you can't fork something if you don't have access to the code.
With the PPA installed, and Source code repos enabled in Software Sources this will get you the source code.

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mkdir mintupdate; cd mintupdate; apt source mintupdate
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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smurphos wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:06 am
MrEen wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:51 pm
I don't see mintupdate on his github page. I have no idea if it was ever there, but you can't fork something if you don't have access to the code.
With the PPA installed, and Source code repos enabled in Software Sources this will get you the source code.

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mkdir mintupdate; cd mintupdate; apt source mintupdate
Or download it from the pool without a ppa.

http://ppa.launchpad.net/gm10/linuxmint ... m10.tar.xz
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Or create your own Launchpad PPA, log into your Launchpad account and then execute this cloning command in the web browser URL bar:

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https://launchpad.net/~gm10/+archive/ubuntu/linuxmint-tools/+copy-packages
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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Short version - how do you remove gm10's tools and re-instate the 'official' versions (easily - I think I did it the hard way)?

Longer:

To date, I've always done a fresh install on a major version change. Thought I'd have a play and instead of doing a fresh install of LM20, try the upgrade instead. Upgraded my LM19.0 to LM19.3 cinnamon. That went painlessly, and from a cursory look all seems to be working. Nothing showing in the update manager to upgrade to LM20, so:

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sudo apt install mintupgrade
mintupgrade check
mintupgrade download
mintupgrade upgrade
Had to disable a lot of ppas and repos, then tried again.

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    - gdebi: 0.9.5.7xmint9-unstable-201907030857~ubuntu18.04.1, should be 0.9.5.7xmint9 (from tricia)
    - gdebi-core: 0.9.5.7xmint9-unstable-201907030857~ubuntu18.04.1, should be 0.9.5.7xmint9 (from tricia)
    - init: 1.56+nmu1~ubuntu18.04.1, should be 1.51 (from bionic)
    - init-system-helpers: 1.56+nmu1~ubuntu18.04.1, should be 1.51 (from bionic)
    - iproute2: 4.18.0-1ubuntu2~ubuntu18.04.1, should be 4.15.0-2ubuntu1.1 (from bionic-updates)
    - mint-common: 1:2.2.6~gm10, should be 2.0.9 (from tricia)
    - mintbackup: 1:2.4.2~gm10, should be 2.3.8 (from tricia)
    - mintdrivers: 1:1.5.6~gm10, should be 1.4.5 (from tricia)
    - mintmenu: 1:6.2.6~gm10, should be 6.0.5.1 (from tricia)
    - mintsources: 1:2.2.6~gm10, should be 2.0.0.2 (from tricia)
    - mintsystem: 1:8.6.1~gm10, should be 8.4.6 (from tricia)
    - mintupdate: 1:6.1.5~gm10, should be 5.5.9 (from tricia)
    - mozo: 1.23.0-5~gm10, should be 1.22.2-1+tricia (from tricia)
    - obs-studio: 25.0.8-0obsproject1~bionic, should be 21.0.2+dfsg1-1 (from bionic)
    - python3-protobuf: 3.6.1.3-1ubuntu3~bionic, should be 3.0.0-9.1ubuntu1 (from bionic)
    - simplescreenrecorder: 0.4.2+1~ppa1~bionic1, should be 0.3.8-3 (from bionic)
    - smartmontools: 7.0-0ubuntu1~ubuntu18.04.1, should be 6.5+svn4324-1 (from bionic)
    - software-properties-common: 1:2.1.8~gm10, should be 2.0.0.2 (from tricia)
------------------------------------------------
!!  ERROR: The packages above have incorrect versions. They can be downgraded using 'Software Sources -> Maintenance -> Downgrade Foreign Packages'.
So into software sources - but no "Downgrade Foreign Packages":
Screenshot from 2020-07-30 10-43-50.png
Problem is I'm running gm10's version and most of the packages to 'downgrade' are gm10's. Did try "Restore Official Package versions" and checked all in the list above - that failed and ended up with broken packages. In the end I went into synaptic, fixed the broken packages (mintsources) and deleted them that way. Did delete mint-common and that took a lot of other mint-* packages with it. Put most of them back (I think but not sure). How I ended up with some of the other packages being later than the required version - no idea. Eventually got the upgrade to work. Probably took about 1/2 an hour from the point the upgrade properly started.

It was a lot of pain and grief to get it to work, hence the question at the top.

Now got a working LM20 (thankfully on a test laptop) and now to start fixing other problems - chromium for starters, and see what else is broke.
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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https://launchpad.net/~gm10/+archive/ub ... mint-tools
Removing the PPA:
=================
If you want to go back to the official versions you need to downgrade the
packages - for that you can run software-sources to remove this PPA and
then use the "Remove packages not available from sources" as well as the
"Replace packages from unavailable sources" options on the maintenance
page. Or go back to a system snapshot from before you installed the PPA.

On foreign platforms you can just
sudo apt-get purge --autoremove mintupdate
(or whatever other packages you installed)
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I did the removal of gm10s PPA on a secondary machine that I wanted to test the upgrade path on a few days ago - it was quite painful, needing several intermediate runs of apt install --fix-broken to get through it and restore the Mint versions of the various packages. At one point I needed to purge mintsources which took mint-meta-cinnamon and mint-meta-core with it, and they needed to be manually reinstalled.

Given the PPA hasn't been maintained for best part of 6 months now I guess there have been upstream packaging changes not taken into account in the PPA packages that make it more difficult to remove cleanly.
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I also found it an iterative process of downgrade and repair/fix broken packages. But I was able to use synaptic package manager to get most of it down.
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I did the removal of gm10s PPA on a secondary machine that I wanted to test the upgrade path on a few days ago - it was quite painful
Join the club! There is a lesson in here somewhere, no quite sure what. gm10 was a prolific poster and knew his stuff, but a utility central to the update process to become abandonware so quickly... A real shame.
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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Also on the personal level it was a loss, at least for me. I liked the guy and I considered him more or less as an online friend. I found gm10's sudden disappearance therefore a bit saddening.

For gm10's mintupdate there's a glimmer of hope, though: it has been adopted by Bodhi Linux (Bodhi 5.1 has it in its repo's).

Bodhi's lead developer has been down some time with Covid-19, but fortunately he has recovered and has announced that the upcoming Bodhi 6.0 (based on Ubuntu 20.04) can be expected at the end of the year. It's likely that its repo's will contain an updated version of gm10's mintupdate.

I expect that this updated version will also be installable in Mint 20.x.
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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Pjotr wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:11 pm
Also on the personal level it was a loss, at least for me. I liked the guy and I considered him more or less as an online friend. I found gm10's sudden disappearance therefore a bit saddening.
My own feelings, helped me out more than once. :(
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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/etc/apt/sources.list.d

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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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Back on topic: the sad end of the support for gm10's Mint tools, goes to show that PPAs in general have to be used with great caution and very sparingly.

You make yourself dependent on one or two (usually one) developers, who can decide to quit support without notice. Leaving you as user in the cold....

PPA's are a mixed blessing, to say the least. If used wisely and very restrictively, PPA's can occasionally be of great help. But used carelessly, they're for Linux what the bubonic plague was for the Middle Ages....
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Re: gm10's Linux Mint Tools PPA

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This thread has reached the point where continuing it will not add any more value to its readers and to the users of gm10's PPA.
Sadly gm10's PPA and as a consequence his mintupdate fork has ceased being maintained. For a reason which we may never learn.
This thread will be closed (locked).

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