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Ubuntu 12.04 boots to shell after icky update. Discuss.

I started up my Ubuntu 12.04 VM in VMWare Workstation 6. It has been a while, so some update messages popped up. Sure.

Afterwards, it rebooted and hung there. I should have left it; I force shutdowned and restarted. Now we are at a shell, where I can login, but nought else.

Sigh. Some Googling. Eventually find How to install Ubuntu Server – Precise Pangolin 12.04 .

In the section, “How to upgrade packages”, I found

$ sudo aptitude safe-upgrade

Hmm. Maybe the upgrade never finished. Give it a try.

Bam. 12.04 now running again. Better take a snapshot!

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