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    Auto updates seems to be stuck in a loop

    Thought I'd post this here as well as over on Opsview's forum.

    My Ubuntu 12.04 had a bunch of updates including opsview-core. Kicked off the updates from Ubuntu's update manager. It has been cycling through the following error for about 18 hours now.

    Failed to connect to database - requesting root password
    Use of Uninitialized value $_[1} in join or string at /usr/share/perl5/Debconf/DbDriver/Stack.pm line 111, <GEN0> line {this is incremental. now on 4770221 and counting}

    HELP please. I have no idea what to do. I'm afraid to kill the update process as this will probably kill the machine.

    Thanks,

    tx

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    Re: Auto updates seems to be stuck in a loop HELP please

    Try clicking the Cancel button.The upgrade will end in an error, for sure. If you haven't noticed which package was being upgraded as this occured, try to find out in /var/log/dpkg.log, and remove that package. After that, re-run update.
    Last edited by schragge; March 16th, 2013 at 03:31 PM.

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    Re: Auto updates seems to be stuck in a loop HELP please

    The Cancel button is not actionable.

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    Re: Auto updates seems to be stuck in a loop HELP please

    I have not delt with this problem, but I may of found the answer.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get clean
    This may resolve the problem. If not reinstalling "debconf" may work. I have ran the reinstall command on my box without any ill effects so you should be ok.

    You will probably have to kill update manager. Try ..

    Code:
    killall update-manager-core
    Again, this looks like a (safe) solution, but we will only know for sure on your box.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2068601

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    Re: Auto updates seems to be stuck in a loop HELP please

    kill all update-manager worked. the -core didn't exist. I then broke the lock with sudo fuser -cuk /var/lib/dpkg/lock; sudo rm -f /var/lib/dpkg/lock. Rebooted and ran a partial upgrade as all the updates wouldn't go through. Opsview still won't update but it IS running. So I could just say screw it and leave it at that version...

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    Re: Auto updates seems to be stuck in a loop HELP please

    I don't like partial upgrades, it can be trouble.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1859240

    May want to follow it up with a dist-upgrade (#3).

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ap...nance_commands

    But if you want to leave it go, thats your call

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    Re: Auto updates seems to be stuck in a loop HELP please

    kill all update-manager worked. the -core didn't exist. I then broke the lock with sudo fuser -cuk /var/lib/dpkg/lock; sudo rm -f /var/lib/dpkg/lock. Rebooted and ran a partial upgrade as all the updates wouldn't go through. Opsview still won't update but it IS running. So I could just say screw it and leave it at that version...
    Partial upgrades should never be done unless you like cleaning up the mess afterwards. They often will break a system.
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