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    Question File copy freezes

    I have just installed Lubuntu 12.10 on an old NEC Powermate.

    The issue I have is I cannot copy files over the Network to either of my hard disks in the machine. The first file (or 2) copy, then the copying freezes. I have tried the following:-

    I am copying from another Lubuntu PC here is a summary of what does and does not work:-
    1.)Using PCManFm to sda3 (Reiser) Fail (File 1 14K)
    2.)Using PCManFm to sda2 (ext4) Fail (File 1 0bytes )
    3.)One file at a time Pass Reiser OK ext4 OK
    4.)Using Nautilus to Reiser Fail 15 files created, some 0 bytes
    5.)Using Nautilus to Ext4 Fail 9 files created, some 0 bytes
    6.)From USB to Reiser OK almost instant
    7.)Replace Network card (3Com) with NE2000 Compatible still fails after 1 file.
    8.)Using CP command from terminal. Same error, hangs during second file
    9.) copy to this PC from the other PC Pass, works just fine.
    The fact that the USB copy works 'seems' to indicate a Network issue, but I downloaded updates all OK, and I have used BBC Iplayer to view/listen, and as test 9 above shows, I can copy to the PC from another one, it is only copying from another PC to this one that does not work! I guess that is a work-around of sorts, but hardldy satisfactory.

    Installed version 12.04 of Lubuntu with identical settings on the same PC

    Filecopy using PCManFM (default file manager) worked perfectly. Looks like a 12.10 specific issue. No one else seen it?

    I wanted to try 12.10, because I understand that a long standing problem in DOSEMU is resolved in this. Currently I am stuck at 10.4 (which has other issues).

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    Unhappy Re: File copy freezes

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul A C View Post
    ... I can copy to the PC from another one, it is only copying from another PC to this one that does not work! ....
    No, you are not alone.

    I have the same issue, and now you have reminded me, I'll take another look at this.

    I suspect its a permissions thing. I notice that the file manager Permissions > Access Control has changed from showing: Owner/Group/Other/executable (in earlier versions) to: View Content/Change Content/Execute in the 12.10 version.

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    Re: File copy freezes

    Thanks Steve for confirming this, and reporting it as a Bug. I'll try to add my name as 'affects me too' on the Bug.

    Not sure if it is permissions though, since:-
    1.) the first file copies fine, and I can copy as many as I like if I do it one at a time.
    2.) I can copy the same files all at once if I do it via USB

    Odd.

    I am now installing 12.10 on another computer (raided the garage and my spares cupboard and found enough working bits) Will be interesting to see if I get the same problems.

    Install completed, and file copying works fine! Now install updates and see if that breaks it!
    Last edited by Paul A C; December 2nd, 2012 at 06:54 PM.

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    Re: File copy freezes

    Unfortunately, I am still seeing this issue, tried to copy several hundred files in about a dozen directories/sub directories, (using drag and drop in PCFMan) and froze at about 4%.

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    Angry Re: File copy freezes

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul A C View Post
    Unfortunately, I am still seeing this issue...
    There is something very odd about network comms with 12.10.

    Sorry if this turns out to be un-related. But if I attach an external drive to a "server" (not 12.10, say 11.xx, see my notes: http://captainbodgit.blogspot.co.uk/...-on-linux.html ), I can transfer individual text files to it from a remote 12.10 "client". But if I try and open them with a text editor from 12.10, the editor hangs/freezes.

    I can't help thinking there are files missing from 12.10.
    I've been through this before, and its quite time consuming comparing files installed on 2 different version of Lubuntu. I don't have time right now, but if anyone wants to try it, here are some tips.

    You need a fairly clean install of the previous version (12.04) with applications removed (if possible) to make comparison easier (this may help: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1966641)

    List all packages and save to file. In a terminal:-
    Code:
    dpkg --get-selections > /home/steve/myPackages.txt
    You can paste the list from this text file into a spreadsheet along with the list from a 12.10 system.

    Its then a case of looking for things in 12.04 that are not in 12.10. You can use synaptic package manager to check descriptions of any likely candidates.

    You should also use synaptic to add/remove packages that you think may affect networking, as a record is automatically kept via the "History" feature.

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    Re: File copy freezes

    Thanks for your suggestions, but as you say not anything quick to try, and far from certain it would provide the answer. What surprises me most is that no one else seems to report this...so is it likely that it is specifically a Lubuntu thing? (But don't you use regular Ubuntu?)

    My gut feeing is that it may be a Samba issue, but I see no posts on Samba related forums either.

    I am debating trying another distro, Mint perhaps, or just a basic LXDE desktop install and add the packages I need.

    I don't mind helping trouble shoot, but in the end I want a PC that works (and copying files isn't really optional).

    (Issues I've had since 10.4 include problems with printing (CUPS related), and DOSEMU. This version fixes CUPS/Printing, Flash now works (broken in my 10.4) and there is a just about acceptable workaround for what I want out of DOSEMU. But being unable to reliably copy files, I just couldn't believe it.)

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    Re: File copy freezes

    Now working fine...
    Ended up re-installing 12:10 from scratch (because I messed up flash and some other stuff), and did an initial update, and I have just copied several thousand photos from a Windows share, and a few hundred files from a Linux share.

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    Re: File copy freezes Solved

    Is there a proper way of marking a thread solved?

    Blessed if I can find it

    Typical, after posting, spotted it, seems a bit hidden to me (under thread tools)

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    Re: File copy freezes

    Why dos this say SOLVED when there doesn't seem to be a Solution? What am I missing?

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