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Jaunty Jackalope 9.04 Upgrade Woes


If you are following me on Twitter then you already know.  My wife decide when the upgrade from 8.04 to 9.04 when the pop-up showed up on her laptop to upgrade right away.  This was on Thursday the day that 9.04 was released.  This should not have been a problem.  However this blog post wouldn’t be here, if it would have worked.

What Went Wrong

I can only speculate, but I believe that the Canocial server were overloaded with everyone doing updates.  As a result of this, one of the update servers became unreachable.  Resulting in an incomplete upgrade.  The following error came up after the laptop restarted:

gave up waiting for root device. common problems
-boot args (cat/ proc/cmdline)
-check rootdelay=(did the system wait lon enough?)
-check root=did the system wait for the right device?)
-missing modules(cat /proc/modules;

Alert! /dev/disk/by-uuid/be80cf42-e6f2-466c-bb73-7d664956a334 does not exist dropping to a shell

The laptop would not start up Kubuntu.  No matter which solution (there are a few out there) I tried.

The Solution

Well not really so much of a solution, but it fixed the problem.  The only way to fix it was to reinstall Jaunty Jackalope.  Luckily we have a separate home partition thus saving all the important personal files and settings.  The clean install went just fine.  After fixing the fstab to point to the home partition, a few problems surfaced.  Often when upgrading the settings stored in the home folder change as well. Also when pointing to the old setting in the home partition some problems with Kontact and the desktop icons as well as some other apps needed to be fixed.

After fixing those, then reinstalling all apps that had disappeared and installing the correct video drivers to get compiz to work right (we all love the eyecandy lol).  It is again working fine.

For more info about Jaunty Jackalope 9.04 read these articles I’ve written for Bright Hub:

Canonical Releases Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope 9.04

What’s New In Kubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

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