Upgrade from 10.04 LTS to 10.10 Fails with Error: Could not calculate the upgrade Pkg Resolver :: Reslve generated breaks, may be caused by held pkgs.

Bug #715603 reported by Paul Mosteika on 2011-02-09
This bug affects 1 person
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update-notifier (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-notifier

Update Manager problems when upgrading from 10.04 to 10.10.

It says to include the files in /var/log/dist-upgrade. I looked through them, but many pkg. problems. I will attach them.

I should have a generic system, and have been taking all security and suggested updates.



ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: update-notifier 0.99.3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-28.55-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-28-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Feb 8 22:57:51 2011
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/update-notifier
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.5)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: update-notifier
 (polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:1404): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `initialization_value != 0' failed
 (nm-applet:1400): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_window_thaw_toplevel_updates_libgtk_only: assertion `private->update_and_descendants_freeze_count > 0' failed

Paul Mosteika (paul-mosteika) wrote :
Paul Mosteika (paul-mosteika) wrote :

Attaching /var/log/dist-upgrade/20110208-2214/main.log

I checked for broken or held packages and found none.

Paul Mosteika (paul-mosteika) wrote :

Print Screen capture of Error

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) wrote :

This can be a duplicate of bug 658458 (and a dozen similar ones)

If the package xserver-xorg-video-nouveau is installed, in several cases the 10.04 to 10.10 upgrade fails with the error message

"Could not determine the upgrade
An unresolvable problem occurred while calculating the upgrade:
E:Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.
This can be caused by:
* Upgrading to a pre-release version of Ubuntu
* Running the current pre-release version of Ubuntu
* Unofficial software packages not provided by Ubuntu"

Several persons have reported that after removal of that package the upgrade was successful.

Try this workaround: Open a terminal and enter the command:

sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau

and try the upgrade again.

Paul Mosteika (paul-mosteika) wrote :

Hello Manfred,

Yes thanks, this worked for the Workstation (HP xw4600), but not for the older (3 -5 years) Laptop - which bumped into this exact same issue.

Although, on the Laptop, removing xserver-xorg-video-nouveau allowed the install to continue. However, it failed miserably at the end - cleanup and restart. After restarting, many broken packages. I'll attempt to document the problems in another bug.

Thanks again.


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