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Month: June 2016

Odd error this evening

From: Gene Heskett <gheskett@...>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:22:18 -0400
Greetings all;

As those of you the the USA know, Southern WV took a beating from the 
weather last night and today.  Heavy rains, high winds combined to kill 
the power for about 25% of the states population, and threaten to drown 
quite a few.  My own automatic 20 kw nat gas standby ran from about 3:20 
Thursday morning until a final restart shortly after 18:00 local.  So I 
am busy catching up on my email, when apparently my ups did not properly 
restart after one of the inevitable short term power up's when the line 
crews are closing circuits to see if they fault again because there yet 
another down tree laying on the lines a half mile around the corner.

So I'm typing away on a message reply when the screen goes black, the ups 
has a low battery and kills the load.  Restarting the ups was a matter 
of holding down the power button for 3 or 4 seconds, followed by a trip 
to the tower to tap its power switch.  Everything solved as soon as its 
booted, right?

Wrong...  No /usr/bin/X to be found.  I had to totally apt-get 
install --re-install  all of the Xorg-server stuff, 35 or 40 packages, 
to get the missing /usr/bin/X.  That may not have been the only package 
that was nuked by the untimely powerdown but I've no way to verify that.

But why should a powerdown as unceremonious as pulling the plug, have 
deleted /usr/bin/X?  It doesn't grok at this site.



Cheers, Gene Heskett
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