Comment 32 for bug 1269731

James Hunt (jamesodhunt) wrote :

This bug is fixed in upstart 1.11-0ubuntu2 which will be pushed out once the alpha 2 freeze is over (Thurday).

If you are still affected by this problem (in other words you have not managed to upgrade to alsa-utils 1.0.27.2-1ubuntu2), you will need to do *one* of the following:

1) Disable upstart re-exec whilst running the upgrade:

    $ sudo su -
    # mkdir /root/bin
    # ln -s /bin/true /root/bin/telinit
    # chmod 755 /root/bin/telinit
    # export PATH=/root/bin:$PATH
    # dpkg --configure -a && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

2) Temporarily move the invalid alsa job file aside whilst performing the upgrade

    $ sudo mkdir /root/tmp/
    $ sudo mv /etc/init/alsa-*.conf /root/tmp/
    $ sudo dpkg --reconfigure -a && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    $ sudo mv /root/tmp/alsa-*.conf /etc/init/

I'd recommend doing (1) as it does not require you to "undo" anything (as required in the final 'mv' operation in (2) above).