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System upgrading / Re: Upgrade stuck?
Last post by AxL - May 05, 2024, 12:49:38 PM
System upgrading / Re: Upgrade stuck?
Last post by grahamperrin - May 05, 2024, 05:24:25 AM

I keyed Control-C in the background window for the non-working upgrade, wasn't sure whether things had ended (the window remained open), I closed that window then restarted the system, ran the apt commands, restarted the system again.

There remained, near bottom right, a dialogue with two buttons (Cancel and OK, IIRC) but no content. I guessed, this was a ghost of a prompt to upgrade that preceded the second restart, so I opted to cancel.

I checked for an upgrade, began the upgrade, during the upgrade there appeared a prompt to upgrade.

I ignored the prompt to upgrade, completed the upgrade, restarted the system.
System upgrading / Re: Upgrade stuck?
Last post by AxL - May 04, 2024, 11:39:22 PM
Quote from: grahamperrin on May 04, 2024, 10:09:14 PM[....]  No progress in the background window.

How to proceed?

I think you should check out the latest article published by pavroo in Sparky News 2024/04 where he recommends uninstalling NALA due to malfunction:

Quote[....]  Due to nala doesn't full-upgrade packages properly and doesn't handle with broken packages on Sparky rolling (8) I recommend to uninstall nala. The sparky-upgrade tool on Sparky 8 uses apt back now to upgrade packages.

Use instead, the classic sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade
And this way, you probably won't have any problems updating the system.

Cheers !!

System upgrading / Upgrade stuck?
Last post by grahamperrin - May 04, 2024, 10:09:14 PM

No progress in the background window.

How to proceed?
Newbie questions / Re: SparkyLinux too slow
Last post by duststuff - May 03, 2024, 11:10:10 AM
The fstab file is located at /etc/fstab and you can view its contents by running the following command in a terminal:
cat /etc/fstab It's a file that contains instructions for the system related to auto-mounting partitions. (You can find out more information by doing an online search.) If the entries in this file are wrong, it can actually prevent the system from booting or make it really slow.

It looks like you don't have any swap enabled, but not sure if that would be an issue if you have 8 GB RAM.

But since it was okay at first and has gradually gotten slower, it doesn't seem like the above would be the issues causing it. It sounds more like a case of the partition your system is on gradually getting its space filled up to the point where it affects the performance of the system. So probably the next thing to check is the size of your system partition, how much is used, how much is free, etc. You can find information online about how much space is optimal for a system partition and also for an SSD partition; from my memory I would guess trying to keep at least 20-30% free would be optimal, but you can double-check that. If that is the issue, then you'll need to figure out what's causing the partition to fill up (sometimes it's log files, or could be files that you've downloaded / copied there yourself, programs you've installed, etc.), and then figure out how to stop that and either delete files or move them elsewhere.

Since your other OS is working fine in regard to speed, then you could use that as a benchmark to compare system partition size / used space / free space, fstab files, and swap setup to see if there are any obvious differences that might be causing the problem. For swap info, if you have 'inxi' installed, you can run the following command in the terminal:
inxi --swap If you decide you want to set up and enable a swap partition or file, you can also find info online about how to do that. Those are all the ideas I can think of for now; hope they'll be helpful in some way.
Newbie questions / Re: SparkyLinux too slow
Last post by Bazzer786786 - May 03, 2024, 09:23:25 AM
Here is my SparkyLinux info :

Arch : x86_64
Kernel : 6.1.0-20-amd64
Ram Total : 8066988 KB (8GB)
SWAP total : 0 KB
Window Manager : Marco
Locale: en_GB.UTF-8
Foreign Architecture Enabled : i386

I am using MATE desktop Enviro

I hope this helps. Maybe my SWAP : 0 KB is the issue?
Newbie questions / Re: SparkyLinux too slow
Last post by Bazzer786786 - May 03, 2024, 09:16:05 AM
I don't what you mean by fstab entries. really a newbie. sorry.

I am using a PC i bought. I have installed two OS systems on it using different SSDs.

So it is a dual boot system.

1 SSD has Linux Mint 21.1 Cinnamon on it, and uses the same hardware and runs smoothly, no slowness, works absolutely fine.

The other SSD has SparkyLinux 7.3 on it. Everything is slow from the boot up to the running of software.

It started off OK, at first. Over time it has become slow that it is frustrating to use it.

Newbie questions / Re: SparkyLinux too slow
Last post by duststuff - May 03, 2024, 02:32:44 AM
A couple ideas to check out: Are your fstab entries correct? Is swap set up and enabled?

Someone may be able to help you if you provide more information. For instance, is this a new installation? If so, what was your installation process? Or was it a system that was working as expected and then started showing this behavior? If so, what things changed on your system leading up to this? Etc. ...

When you're looking for help on this or other similar forums, it would be good for you to include as much relevant information as possible. It's great that you mentioned the version of OS (i.e. Sparky here), but it might be helpful to also mention the window manager (WM) and/or desktop environment (DE) you're using. You can use the command-line tool 'inxi' and its various options to generate general / specific / relevant information about your system that you can then copy from the terminal (Shift + Ctrl + C) and paste into your post here using the code markers for easier readability. (Hover over the icons above where you're writing till you see the one marked 'Code', click on that and it should give you code markers like this: "code""/code" except with bracket markers in place of the quote markers. Then just paste the inxi output from the terminal between the code markers so it will show up correctly [you can use the preview option to check it's working as expected].) The 'inxi' tool has lots of different options -- here is just one example: 'inxi -Frz'. The '-F' option includes basic information for quite a few parts of your system, the '-r' option provides details on your repos, and the '-z' option filters out some things for privacy / security, which is probably a good idea when posting in public spaces like this forum.
Newbie questions / SparkyLinux too slow
Last post by Bazzer786786 - May 03, 2024, 12:31:39 AM
My SparkyLinux boots up slow. Games load up sloe. evrythi8nmg is slow . why?

I am using Sparkylinux 7.3

Desktops / No background setting in MATE
Last post by Splinx64 - May 02, 2024, 12:29:58 PM
Hi Sparkies,

since my last update yesterday my set background wallpaper is lost. And, I cannot set a new one.

I have seen, that after the update the mate-control-center was deinstalled - I have had to reinstall it.
Now I can select an desired image, but it has no effect. I only have a gradient as background.
To set the background image via context menu on screen also doesn't work.

Other settings, such as window frames and fonts, work.

What can I do set my desired Background image? Is there another missing package? Have you any idea?

I use the Sparky testing release with a MATE desktop.

Thank you in advance for your help

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