It has always been a bit challenging for me to upgrade Kubuntu since I tend to add programs that are not in the default install. Often enough, it comes down to giving up an upgrade and just installing anew. Thankfully, /home is in its own partition so I get to keep my data.
Recently, the upgrade process has been less glitchy but still, I had issues. The install asked me about a config file which it wanted to overwrite. No problem, I said, and clicked the option to make it so. Then the machine stopped responding. Hey, alright, I thought, no choice but to hit the reset button and face whatever demons await after the reboot.
After rebooting, the machine spun and spun. I hit ctrl-alt F-something to try and get a command prompt, which I got. Logged in, tried apt-get update/upgrade and it suggested I do sudo dpkg –configure -a instead. Doing so made the machine do its thing and continue its installation. Another reboot and I had upgraded to 11.10.
Now the annoying part: kmail migration is borked. SERIOUSLY? Yes, it’s a known issue and yes, there were instructions online on how to manually backup files and re-import them into the new kmail but again, SERIOUSLY? Someone really decided to release Kubuntu with the main e-mail application upgrade process broken? This isn’t some obscure app or game that very few people would care about…this is e-mail.
After having gone through the process of doing the manual migration (is migration really the term for upgrading to a new version of the same application?) I had to deal with kwallet to store my e-mail account information. Now, after I log in with my username and password to get to the desktop, I have to type in another password so kwallet knows that it’s ok for kmail to access my e-mail account information.
In the end, I’ve upgraded. Everything seems to be working, and I’m hoping that just a little more digging around would help me figure out the extra password entry annoyance. Rant completed.