Tales From the Front: in Search of APT-GET UNDO
Aug 13, 2010, 20:36 (5 Talkback[s])
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"I am currently in that level of hell reserved for people who
upgrade their GNU/Linux system too quickly. I have for some time
now been happily using KDE 4 with the plasma desktop enjoying the
cute little animations and eye candy, and learning to use the
task-bar and widgets. Then my bliss was interrupted by a simple
mistake. I decided to upgrade. I forgot that my
/etc/apt/sources.list was set to load experimental versions of the
software, and now my X-server system is broken. It is only now that
I am discovering that there is no apt-get undo.
"But to understand best how I got here, let me give you a little
history. This year, I saved my pennies and bought a laptop —
an Acer Aspire Timeline which has a rated battery life of 7 or 8
hours. I wanted this because of my habit of stopping in the middle
of projects and carting my laptop around with me. I'd get up in the
morning, start a project, close the lid, and hours later open the
lid and finish. This doesn't work if your laptop has only a two
hour battery life.
"After all, the new version was just a bug fix, right?
"So, happily, I bought the laptop and wiped windows off of the
system, installing Debian GNU/Linux in its place"