Upgrading from openSUSE 12.3 to openSUSE Tumbleweed (FAIL)

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Published on November 5th 2015 - Listed in Linux


openSUSE tumbleweed is a rolling version of openSUSE; meaning the latest packages are just rolling in without having a fixed version stack. Kind of like ArchLinux.

tumbleweed already exists for quite a while now but I never got the time or the need to use it. Due to my change of employer back in April 2015 I decided to use my openSUSE 13.2 VM and upgrade it to tumbleweed. If the upgrade breaks the whole VM I can just trash it.

On https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Tumbleweed_installation there is a very basic guide how to do the upgrade. Well, it doesn't need to be more complicated than that as it's just replacing the repositories with the tumbleweed repos:

suse12-3:~ # mkdir /etc/zypp/repos.d/old
suse12-3:~ # mv /etc/zypp/repos.d/*.repo /etc/zypp/repos.d/old

suse12-3:~ # zypper ar -f -c http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/oss repo-oss
Adding repository 'repo-oss' ...................[done]
Repository 'repo-oss' successfully added
Enabled: Yes
Autorefresh: Yes
GPG check: Yes
URI: http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/oss

suse12-3:~ # zypper ar -f -c http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/non-oss/ repo-non-oss
Adding repository 'repo-non-oss' ...............[done]
Repository 'repo-non-oss' successfully added
Enabled: Yes
Autorefresh: Yes
GPG check: Yes
URI: http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/non-oss/

suse12-3:~ # zypper ar -f -c http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/debug/ repo-debug
Adding repository 'repo-debug' .................[done]
Repository 'repo-debug' successfully added
Enabled: Yes
Autorefresh: Yes
GPG check: Yes
URI: http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/debug/

suse12-3:~ # zypper ar -f -c http://download.opensuse.org/update/tumbleweed/ repo-update
Adding repository 'repo-update' ................[done]
Repository 'repo-update' successfully added
Enabled: Yes
Autorefresh: Yes
GPG check: Yes
URI: http://download.opensuse.org/update/tumbleweed/

suse12-3:~ # zypper lr -u
# | Alias        | Name         | Enabled | Refresh | URI                                                 
--+--------------+--------------+---------+---------+------------------------------------------------------
1 | repo-debug   | repo-debug   | Yes     | Yes     | http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/debug/ 
2 | repo-non-oss | repo-non-oss | Yes     | Yes     | http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/non-oss/
3 | repo-oss     | repo-oss     | Yes     | Yes     | http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/oss    
4 | repo-update  | repo-update  | Yes     | Yes     | http://download.opensuse.org/update/tumbleweed/     

Now that the tumbleweed repos are active, a distribution upgrade (dup) can be launched:

suse12-3:~ # zypper dup
Warning: You are about to do a distribution upgrade with all enabled repositories. Make sure these repositories are compatible before you continue. See 'man zypper' for more information about this command.
[...]
1671 packages to upgrade, 6 to downgrade, 1013 new, 149 to remove, 20 to change arch.
Overall download size: 1.79 GiB. After the operation, additional 2.6 GiB will be used.
Continue? [y/n/? shows all options] (y): y
[...]

The upgrade started and ran right up until this point:

( 688/2709) Installing: splashy-branding-openSUSE-0.3.13-49.1 .................................. [done]
Additional rpm output:
>Set theme as: openSUSE          [ DONE ]
Run mkinitrd to update your initrd image
>Set theme as: default          [ DONE ]
Run mkinitrd to update your initrd image


( 689/2709) Installing: systemd-224-1.1 .................................. <100%>[/]

The installation of systemd-224 hang for more than 30 minutes and I couldn't even login on the machine anymore, or even become root:

ckuenzler@suse12-3:~> su -
Password:
su: Module is unknown

I stopped the installation with ctrl-c and I got the following error:

Installation of systemd-224-1.1 failed:
(with --nodeps --force) Error: Subprocess failed. Error: RPM failed: nscd: relocation error: nscd: symbol h_errno, version GLIBC_PRIVATE not defined in file libc.so.6 with link time reference
nscd: relocation error: nscd: symbol h_errno, version GLIBC_PRIVATE not defined in file libc.so.6 with link time reference
[...]
Scanning scripts ...
Resolve dependencies ...
Install symlinks in /lib/mkinitrd/setup ...
Install symlinks in /lib/mkinitrd/boot ...
warning: %postun(systemd-195-13.45.1.x86_64) scriptlet failed, signal 2

Abort, retry, ignore? [a/r/i] (a):

A retry also didn't help:

Abort, retry, ignore? [a/r/i] (a): r
( 689/2709) Installing: systemd-224-1.1 .................................. <100%>[-]^C
OK OK! Exiting immediately...

After this i was unable to use the machine as I couldn't even start a new shell session anymore. And after a reboot, the machine was completely f*cked up. KDE was gone, no graphics and even a login on the console didn't work anymore. FAIL :-(


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