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#1 2020-02-09 22:30:40

Yamabito
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I broke something after updating my hydrogen

Updated sources list and may have pasted a Helium source list by accident. After running upgrade and update my computer seemed to be doing just fine. Upgrade and update didnt give me errors and everything was great.

Then i rebooted and ive lost my desktop and login screen. All i have is command line.

I tried typing [login].
It did not accept my username.
It did accept [root]
Tried all my passwords even my truecrypt password and i cannot advance.

If theres a way to recover the data to another drive, then reinstall hydrogen or upgrade to helium, please share how ?.

It say its starting shell, however im still in command line only. [Ctrl]+[alt]+[f7] does not take me to the instance that normally contains my desktop and login.
It apears i only have [f1] through [f5] as available instances.

Thanks in advance, any help is apreciated.
I first installed #! In 2011 and ive been along for the ride ever since. This is way over my head and i the data in the drive is my back up with a ton of important memories. I trusted hydrogen jessie as stable and i have broken it by messing with things late at night:(

Best regards.

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#2 2020-02-09 23:21:03

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Re: I broke something after updating my hydrogen

It is probable that you have upgraded several important libraries, eg libc6, which has broken your graphical system.

You say you can login as root? Can you access your files via the commandline? If so you could copy your data onto an external drive.

If root, you could also try looking for errors in the systemd journal with

journalctl -b

The easiest solution may end up putting the BL Helium iso onto a usb drive, then use a live session to copy out any data you want to keep onto an external drive (or another partition). Then install Helium, because Hydrogen is now years out-of-date.


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#3 2020-02-10 00:17:41

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Re: I broke something after updating my hydrogen

Also ... when you installed did you install everything to a single partition?

IF you had separate /root and /home partitions you can reinstall:

/ = same as old root - use as / , ext4 and reformat
/home = same as old /home -  use as /home - ext4 DO NOT FORMAT

if you had other partitions - reuse, ext4 - DO NOT FORMAT

That should do it.

Good luck


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#4 2020-02-10 00:49:46

DeepDayze
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Re: I broke something after updating my hydrogen

Sector11 wrote:

Also ... when you installed did you install everything to a single partition?

IF you had separate /root and /home partitions you can reinstall:

/ = same as old root - use as / , ext4 and reformat
/home = same as old /home -  use as /home - ext4 DO NOT FORMAT

if you had other partitions - reuse, ext4 - DO NOT FORMAT

That should do it.

Good luck


Or in the case he installed to a single partition the OP can back up /home and all its contents to a safe place then after install copy it back.


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#5 2020-02-10 01:07:56

Yamabito
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Re: I broke something after updating my hydrogen

Thanks so much.
When i typed [login]
I was prompted to enter username.
It did not accept my username however typing root advanced me to <enter password>
However my username, its corresponding password, and my truecrypt password did not advance me.
Is there something i should be typing in? Or forgo typing login as the comand line shows root$ already?
I was sort of trying anything and maybe trying to root from root and i dont believe thats a thing hmm


Ill have to brush up my file management via command line skills.
I have a drive i can put everything onto but its a windows image and im not certian how to connect it and use it like an ordinary flashdrive. I may purchase one just to format as a hard drive in the coming days.

I believe all ive done is updated a library and broken my graphical system as Damo stated.

Ive loved hydrogen so much. I was in alaska for a little while working at sea, and i primarily use this computer as a cold storage for my data so i was reluctant to upgrade without backing up my data to a second drive. I was actually shocked to see a helium developed, and lithium in the works as crunch bang went ages without development. Ill be back here after i have a drive formated and attempt to move everything.

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#6 2020-02-10 02:17:35

rbh
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Re: I broke something after updating my hydrogen

Yamabito wrote:


When i typed [login]
I was prompted to enter username.
It did not accept my username however typing root advanced me to <enter password>

Have you checked you have space left on disk? If you have one partition and too little space, you will not be able to log in as user. Root has not same restrictions. If you have very little space, it can prevent x to start. If you have not updated for long time, an update kan download several GB data to disk.

You can clean out apt cache:

# apt-get autoremove
# apt-get clean

Probably you are not allowed to login if only 5% or less disk is free.

and my truecrypt password did not advance me.

You have encrypted disk? Could root decrypt?

Ill have to brush up my file management via command line skills.

Mc (Midnight Commander) is a good ncurserbased file manager.

I have a drive i can put everything onto but its a windows image and im not certian how to connect it and use it

Is it an internal drive, you could attach it in the pc or use an enclosure.

I may purchase one just to format as a hard drive in the coming days.

A good choice. They are not expencive nowadays.

Last edited by rbh (2020-02-10 02:18:40)


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