Xubuntu upgraded to 18.04 : boot screen asks for upgrade

Asked by Stephen Boston on 2018-01-15

After release upgrade to 18.04, this is what I see before the first gui splash or on logging in via ssh.

I cannot login through the gui password challenge.

I have to open a teminal (altCtlF1), login as a different user than the one presented by the challenge, and then issue the startx command. I have seen no other symptoms of distress.

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Welcome to Ubuntu Bionic Beaver (development branch) (GNU/Linux 4.13.0-25-generic x86_64)

 * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com
 * Management: https://landscape.canonical.com
 * Supp,,ort: https://ubuntu.com/advantage

 * Ubuntu Updates for the Meltdown / Spectre Vulnerabilities
   - https://ubu.one/uMelt

0 packages can be updated.
0 updates are security updates.

You have packages from the Hardware Enablement Stack (HWE) installed that
are going out of support on 2016-08-04.

To upgrade to a supported (or longer-supported) configuration:

* Upgrade from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS by running:
sudo do-release-upgrade

OR

* Switch to the current security-supported stack by running:
sudo apt-get install

and reboot your system.
Last login: Sat Jan 13 15:20:24 2018 from 192.168.0.140
stephen@vaio:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu Bionic Beaver (development branch)
Release: 18.04
Codename: bionic

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actionparsnip
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2018-01-16
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2018-01-16

I suggest you report a bug. Bionic is not ready and not stable

Stephen Boston (stephenboston) said : #2

Thank you. I have tried to report a bug but there seems to be no easy way to do it.

The bug report generating tool (ubuntu-bug) is not accepting my password, and I don't see any way to file a simple t report. An option may be there but I don't see it on this page https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs#Filing_bugs_at_Launchpad.net

I am completely in sympathy with the developers setting a high bar. There is much to do and I understand it is important that bug reports be adequately researched before they are given a moment's consideration.

What I can do is monitor the bug reports as they come in and pitch in a comment if I see a report that is close enough to mine.

Please accept my apology.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #3

Your system seems to be still in some kind of "mixed version" status as indicated by the message
"You have packages from the Hardware Enablement Stack (HWE) installed that are going out of support on 2016-08-04."

What is the output of the command
hwe-support-status --verbose

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #4

"...I have to open a teminal (altCtlF1), login as a different user than the one presented by the challenge, and then issue the startx command. I have seen no other symptoms of distress...."
What happens if you try logging in in a virtual terminal with your normal user?

run:

ubuntu-bug lightdm

I suggest you wipe the installation off and do a clean install of Xenial. It is rock solid and supported until April 2021. You can also upgrade to Bionic when it is released in April this year.

Bionic is not ready and not stable. It is full of feature holes and bugs that you will need to be able to fix in order to maintain a running OS

Stephen Boston (stephenboston) said : #6

Manfred

If I open a virtual terminal over the login screen, login as the user displayed as the default, issue startx, then I am told that there is already a session running.

Here is the output from the hwe-support-status --verbose:

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You have packages from the Hardware Enablement Stack (HWE) installed that
are going out of support on 2016-08-04.

To upgrade to a supported (or longer-supported) configuration:

* Upgrade from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS by running:
sudo do-release-upgrade

OR

* Switch to the current security-supported stack by running:
sudo apt-get install

and reboot your system.
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Stephen Boston (stephenboston) said : #7

actionparsnip

I get a file that lists:
- installed packages
- journal error entries
- cpu info
- kernel version and misc

The attempt to send the file to dev failed because it required a GUI browser, and this was running in a virtual terminal.

Errors include corrupted memory. Known issue for some time but OS seems to be compensating for it. No problems.

A full install will be no trouble. It's an old machine I use for some simple network services easily restored. I'll go ahead with that.

I suspect that this boot-issue is because of the early upgrade. I had not intended to upgrade to the dev version but I must have added the -d switch without thinking.

Stephen Boston (stephenboston) said : #8

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.

Olivier Febwin (febcrash) said : #9

Same issue here. Can you tell me how you solved this problem?

I installed a new system to wipe out the confusion. I archived my home directory and the config for some services (ssh, bind) and then copied it all back post-install. I had a concern that there would be mapping issues with the configuration directories but all went well.