Caja and Ubuntu Mate 18.10 - I am SOOOO having trouble!

caja

#1

So, one of my main gripes about Ubuntu Mate 16.04 and 18.04 is that I have horrible download speed whenever dealing with a USB drive. (20-100k!) I know my hardware is ok because Windows can send a 700M file in about 20 seconds. Ubuntu takes 8-10 hours!

I did find a partial reprieve in that grsync would copy 1G in about 30 minutes but I had to put it in a file folder.

So, in reading about 18.10, it sounded like someone FINALLY fixed this problem that so many people have. So I upgraded to 18.10 and everything looked fine and worked fine UNTIL I tried to put a file on a thumb drive. Then all H-E-double hockey sticks broke loose. Caja locked up the entire system. I couldn’t do anything but move the mouse pointer. So I held the shutoff button for 5 seconds and re-booted.

I could not reboot. I kept getting to a screen that told me there were parsing errors and gave me an (intramfs) (sp?) prompt. If I typed ‘exit’ then it said I needed to fsck manually. I finally got that to work and came up with a couple of thousand errors, all of which I had to say 'Y’es to.

When I could finally get to my home screen, all of my settings were gone. All of my bookmarks in firefox and waterfox were gone. And now, everything keeps crashing. Kmail crashed, Plank crashed, Waterfox, Firefox, Caja, and on and on.

Now how do I go back?!


#2

Ok. I’m sorry for venting. I love ubuntu mate very much and want to thank everyone who donates their time to making something wonderful for others. Good luck and God bless.


#3

So now it crashed AGAIN! I’ve got this little ‘do not enter’ symbol on the taskbar so I clicked on it and got…

E: Problem parsing dependency 21
E: Error occurred while processing kmail (NewVersion2)
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

and now waterfox and firefox have lost all of their settings … again.

I don’t even use kmail. I tried to remove and/or purge it but get the same parsing 21 error.


#4

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt update
[sudo] password for leon:
Hit:1 http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu cosmic InRelease
Hit:2 http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu bionic InRelease
Ign:3 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable InRelease
Hit:4 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable Release
Hit:5 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu cosmic InRelease
Get:6 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu cosmic-security InRelease [83.2 kB]
Get:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu cosmic-updates InRelease [83.2 kB]
Hit:9 http://ppa.launchpad.net/appgrid/stable/ubuntu cosmic InRelease
Get:10 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu cosmic-backports InRelease [74.6 kB]
Fetched 241 kB in 11s (21.2 kB/s)
Reading package lists… Error!
E: Problem parsing dependency 21
E: Error occurred while processing kmail (NewVersion2)
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
[email protected]:~$ Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/share/appgrid/appdata.py”, line 163, in
rebuild_db()
File “/usr/share/appgrid/appdata.py”, line 52, in rebuild_db
from appdata.apps.aptapp import AptApp, get_apt_pkgnames, get_desktop_files
File “/usr/share/appgrid/appdata/apps/aptapp.py”, line 13, in
cache = Cache()
File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/apt/cache.py”, line 138, in init
self.open(progress)
File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/apt/cache.py”, line 198, in open
self._cache = apt_pkg.Cache(progress)
apt_pkg.Error: E:Problem parsing dependency 21, E:Error occurred while processing kmail (NewVersion2), E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.


#5

I recommend that you install 16.04.x LTS. It is fast, stable and reliable. I have so far discovered no compelling reason to upgrade to 18.04.

I hope the 18.04 disaster proves to be a one-off anomaly, and 20.04 returns to 16.04 level of quality.


#6

Disaster ? What disaster ?
It is so stable that I can get virtually infinite uptime.

All I am seeing here is system misuse, with a damaged file system and probably some mess coming from random PPA.


#7

Ubuntu MATE 18.04.1 LTS (Bionic) best version ever…

Try to install again, take it easy… check the details carefully. Not all problems can be related to the system…

Good Luck! :slight_smile: