View Full Version : [ubuntu] Resume Upgrade broken by SSH disconnection?

April 17th, 2010, 02:31 PM
I started an upgrade last night (from Jaunty to Karmic) using a "do-release-upgrade" command on a remote server via ssh. However, this morning, I discovered that the ssh connection between my machine and my server was broken.

I can see that the do-release-upgrade process is still running (well, a giant /usr/bin/dpkg is in the process list) and waiting for a response.

Is there any way I can take control of that session from my current session?

April 17th, 2010, 03:19 PM
Oh, yea, the installer said it was going to create an SSHd instance running on port 9004. However, using netstat, I do not see that instance created...

April 17th, 2010, 04:42 PM
To get this sorted out I had to do the following:

1) Reboot the system.

2) Observe the reboot fail (My hosting provider provides a way to ssh into my system via a serial console) (It failed with the string "init: ureadahead main process (986) terminated with status 5" and only mounted the filesystems as "read only"

3) I used the "hit escape to get into the debug console" and mounted the filesystem as read/write (mount -o remount,rw /)

4) (I'm root at this point) so I typed "dpkg --configure -a" to continue where I left off

5) I exited out of the console and allowed the boot sequence to complete.

6) I performed an "aptitude -f dist-upgrade"

Everything seemed to work after that.

***Note: To ensure that everything is working, I am performing an upgrade to the beta of lucid using the do-release-upgrade, so I don't know how well my suggestions above will work over the long term. If my update fails, I'll update this again...