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Thread: Failing to upgrade systemd

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009

    Failing to upgrade systemd

    Would appreciate some help with this, will continue to search for a solution but must be searching for the wrong keywords.

    What is wrong: Can't successfully run sudo apt-get upgrade

    OS Version:
    $ lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS
    Release: 18.04
    Codename: bionic

    $ sudo apt-get upgrade
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    You might want to run 'apt --fix-broken install' to correct these.
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    libnss-systemd : Depends: systemd (= 237-3ubuntu10.42) but 237-3ubuntu10.38 is installed
    libpam-systemd : Depends: systemd (= 237-3ubuntu10.42) but 237-3ubuntu10.38 is installed
    systemd : Depends: libsystemd0 (= 237-3ubuntu10.38) but 237-3ubuntu10.42 is installed
    E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt --fix-broken install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

    $ sudo apt-get --fix-broken install -f
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Correcting dependencies... Done
    The following additional packages will be installed:
    Suggested packages:
    The following packages will be upgraded:
    1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 49 not upgraded.
    2 not fully installed or removed.
    Need to get 0 B/2,914 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 24.6 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y
    (Reading database ... 143098 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to unpack .../systemd_237-3ubuntu10.42_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking systemd (237-3ubuntu10.42) over (237-3ubuntu10.38) ...
    dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/systemd_237-3ubuntu10.42_amd64.deb (--unpack):
    unable to move aside './usr/share/zsh/vendor-completions/_systemd-delta' to install new version: Structure needs cleaning
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Ubuntu Mate 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Failing to upgrade systemd

    I'd look through the syslog and dmesg output for errors and warnings. Depending on those, I'd try to fix any related to the packaging system or failing storage. I always suspect failing storage - HDDs, cables, disk controllers.

    I would try these things, in order:
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
    sudo apt-get install -f
    Then I'd check that the system isn't out of storage.
    df -Th
    df -i
    Look for any real storage at 100% - ignore all loop devices. Free up at least 1G of storage for all OS partitions. If the inodes are low, you'll want to remove thousands and thousands of tiny files from somewhere - or move all those files to a different file system.

    sudo rm  /var/cache/apt/archives/systemd_237-3ubuntu10.42_amd64.deb
    sudo apt clean
    sudo apt autoremove
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get full-upgrade


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