Botched upgrade, need help

Adam J Richardson fatman at
Fri Nov 9 06:00:51 PST 2007

Andrew Falanga wrote:
> Well, at last I think it's botched.  I really was following the directions
> (I have the script file as UPDATING suggests to prove it :-), but the
> upgrade didn't work as the X server failed to start after I rebooted.  I'm
> hoping some kind person here will know the answer before I e-mail the list
> mentioned in that section of UPDATING.  Anyway, that's basically, what
> happened.  I have kdm set to start on bootup and it complained that X failed
> to start.
> When I got to the point of "portupgrade -aP" in the UPDATING section for
> 6.9 -> 7.2; I decided to go with that command instead of "portupgrade
> -a" thinking that by now, even for amd64, the packages would be available.
> Perhaps a bad assumption.  Anyway, once that completed, the stats reported
> by portupgrade were disconcerting but I thought that it was ok and
> continued.  portupgrade reported that only 2 packages were porcessed, most
> were ignored with 50 some skipped and 1 failed.
> I then proceeded to the script, ran that and when I was
> satisfied that all was done as expected, I rebooted my machine.  Well,
> that's when X failed to start.  So, how would I go about correcting this
> problem?
> Andy

Hi Andy,

I botched my 6.9-7.2 upgrade too. It's easy to do even if you follow the 
instructions. Can't remember what the problem was now, certainly it was 
something no one else had, typical. :^) Ah well, all fixed now anyway.

It's easy to botch even a simple install of X. Took me a while to learn 
that you have to install 1) Xorg, 2) mesa-demos, 3) nVidia driver, in 
that order (assuming you want mesa-demos, of course).

Adam J Richardson

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