[Mageia-discuss] troubles with update ended with totally dead system.

Juan R. de Silva juan.r.d.silva at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 03:52:21 CEST 2011

Hey folks,

I do not know if it could be seen as a kind of a contribution...

I installed Mageia 1 almost as soon as it was released for evaluation 
purposes on Dell Latitude d820. Mine is a multiboot environment with 
several distros like Ubuntu Lucid, Fedora 15, Arch, SL 6.1, and a couple 
of others installed.

I kept playing with it from time to time (my main systems for now are 
Ubuntu Lucid on laptop, and Debian Squeeze on my workstation). I should 
say I was quite impressed, especially considering short time Mageia 

Then troubles started. On one of next system updates I had these:

Sorry, the following packages cannot be selected:

- kdebase4-runtime-4.6.5-1.1.mga1.i586 (due to conflicts with soprano-
- kipi-plugins-expoblending-1.9.0-3.1.mga1.i586
- task-kde4-4.6.5-0.mga1.noarch
- task-kde4-minimal-4.6.5-0.mga1.noarch (due to conflicts with soprano-

google provided with one link only. It was Mageia forum, not exactly my 
case but had enough to be considered helpful.

'rpm -e --nodeps  soprano-plugin-virtuoso' revealled the plugin was not 
installed at all. A little weird, update conflicting with a not installed 
packages, "never mind" I said.

After run 'urpmi soprano-plugin-virtuoso' and installing the plugin I 
happily get get rid of almost all the above warnings. But still had this 

Sorry, the following package cannot be selected:

- kipi-plugins-expoblending-1.9.0-3.1.mga1.i586

Well, that was quite a progress.

I run 'urpmi kipi-plugins-expoblending' and on the next update attempt I 
did not get any restricting warnings/errors. So far so good. Finally I 
could proceed with the update.

It seemed to complete well: no warnings, no errors. Except one little 
dirty thing - the system failed to boot after restart. It stuck at GRUB 
prompt with no errors displayed, just a word "GRUB". No reaction on any 
key, not 'e', not 'c', not 'shift' button, not any others. Not even Ctl-
Alt-Del. The only way to get out of there was pressing Power Off button.

Booting from SystemRescueCD and reinstalling grub helped nothing. Plain 
dead system.

But this was a climax. I get to the Mageia forum, trying to search for a 
clue and get this:

"Sorry but you cannot use search at this time. Please try again in a few 

And no, folks, I've not reported any bugs. Sorry, far to many... :-( At 
the end I did not try to anything funny here. Just a regular system 

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