Here Comes Buster!

It’s been a while since I upgraded to a new version of Debian GNU/Linux but the opportunity arrived last month. I waited until today, being bored out of my mind by endless Trumpisms, news-cycles and the weather. I’d been putting the upgrade off thinking I did not want to deal with any breakage. Finally, I did the deed. It was boring until I rebooted. GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) could not find anything. I poked around for hours not finding any way to tweak it. Finally, in desperation, I told the ancient, clunky, BIOS to reorder the hard drives from largest to smallest… Damn! It worked! Somehow the new version of GRUB could not deal with the mess my Beast’s storage is. There was one other glitch. MySQL would not run. There were no sensible messages in the logs or from “systemd”. The status was active (exited), whatever that means. I did coax out one error message about an obsolete setting in a configuration file and deleted it. Still it would not start. In desperation, I stopped the “exited” mysql and started it. That worked. Damn! I hate systemd.

Oh well. After updating thousands of packages I have a brand new OS and applications all humming along wonderfully. It’s beautiful music.

UPDATE: After trying to use some other applications, I discovered apparmor has been added to the mix. Now the system is like TOOS (That Other OS) in wanting to restrict permissions on many applications. Sigh. Now I have to dance a jig to get files downloaded from the web deposited in the folder of my choice. I can’t by default download to /var/myfolder/x, for instance. I can’t even browse much of the file-system. Have to look into this. It’s not very helpful. Many desktop applications can’t browse to /home/pogson/whatever, for instance, because / is protected, despite my owning the files/directories in which I want to write or even read. I tried using apparmor-utilities supplied with Debian but I could not get them to just warn instead of deny access. However, /tmp is allowed so I have a work-around and a bit of editing of /etc/apparmor/apparmor.d fixed the access to my /home/directory. Sigh…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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