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Linux Support / Re: Mint won't update - out of memory?
« Last Post by Rich J on August 30, 2021, 07:21:38 am »
Hi Rich

Thanks again for taking the time to help me.

I followed all your instructions and everything was good until the refresh. Unfortunately, the error message is still there.

Hopefully you will have something else I can try? If not, I'm very grateful for your help.

Thanks
Christine

PS It has this error message:

An error occurred during the signature verification. The repository is not updated and the previous index files will be used. GPG error: https://repo.skype.com/deb stable InRelease: The following signatures were invalid: EXPKEYSIG 1F3045A5DF7587C3 Skype Linux Client Repository <[email protected]>Repository 'http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security InRelease' changed its 'Suite' value from 'focal-backports' to 'focal-security'Repository 'http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security InRelease' changed its default priority for apt_preferences(5) from 100 to 500.


PPS

I've had my first update and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much!


You're welcome - it's great you've got it sorted.   ;)

Can you mark your post as 'Solved' as it may help others in the future with similar problems? Go to your original post, click on  'Modify' and then in the title box of your post.  Add 'Solved' at the end of the line.

For info:  As the error message is about a Skype module then I'd say don't worry about it as it isn't something critical to the OS. Do you use Skype - and does it still work ok?  If you don't, you can remove it via Synaptic PM.  If you do, wait a while and see if the Skype (or Mint) developers update the software (or more likely, certificates) and the issue will likely resolve itself.

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Linux Support / Re: Mint won't update - out of memory?
« Last Post by chrissymac234 on August 29, 2021, 02:47:28 pm »
Hi Rich

Thanks again for taking the time to help me.

I followed all your instructions and everything was good until the refresh. Unfortunately, the error message is still there.

Hopefully you will have something else I can try? If not, I'm very grateful for your help.

Thanks
Christine

PS It has this error message:

An error occurred during the signature verification. The repository is not updated and the previous index files will be used. GPG error: https://repo.skype.com/deb stable InRelease: The following signatures were invalid: EXPKEYSIG 1F3045A5DF7587C3 Skype Linux Client Repository <[email protected]>Repository 'http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security InRelease' changed its 'Suite' value from 'focal-backports' to 'focal-security'Repository 'http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security InRelease' changed its default priority for apt_preferences(5) from 100 to 500.


PPS

I've had my first update and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much!
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Security / Re: Linux in Between
« Last Post by Keith on August 29, 2021, 02:35:58 pm »
Jolly good, Ian - and welcome to the Ubuntu fraternity.
I ought to mention that when you enter your password in a terminal window, absolutely nothing appears on the screen, so you need to type carefully.

If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to read this page for new members: https://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?board=209.0 which provides some guidance that will save everyone time later. 

Keith
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Security / Re: Linux in Between
« Last Post by IanG on August 29, 2021, 02:30:18 pm »
Hi Keith,

I found it under <Profile><Summary><Modify Profile>.

Thanks for that.

I assume your recommendation of "inxi" will be helpful once I have a Linux setup - so my thanks for that too.

The Ubuntu disk is whirring away in my laptop at this very moment.

Thanks again,

Ian
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Security / Re: Linux in Between
« Last Post by Keith on August 29, 2021, 01:52:23 pm »
Quote
PS - Am I missing something, as I thought the forum emailed when replies were received?
In the menu list at the top of this page,
    click on "Profile" then
    in the page that comes up click on Notifications in the left-hand column then
    ensure that "Enable notification when I post or reply to a topic." is ticked. (tick all three, actually)
That should work.

Quote
I'll have to post the laptop hardware info at a later date as I am unable to find its spec at present.
You can find this info most easily by installing inxi.  In a terminal window enter
Code: [Select]
sudo apt install inxi
then
Code: [Select]
inxi -Fx
and all will be revealed.

Hope that helps.
   Keith
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Security / Re: Linux in Between
« Last Post by IanG on August 29, 2021, 12:27:21 pm »
Hi Rich J and Steve57,

The words of encouragement and welcome from you both are appreciated greatly and, as they both reflect the logic of a move to Linux --- who could refuse?

Sorry Rich J, but before I read your post asking for the laptop spec, I had somehow decided to give Ubuntu a go - rightly or wrongly, only time will tell.

For what do I require a computer --- I spend hours on the Internet (Firefox), more time using email (Thunderbird), too much time managing pictures (IMatch by Photools) and creating illustrations and pictorial documentation (Corel Draw X4) the two previous often requiring help from screengrabbing software (ScreenHunterPro) and invariably end up being processed as videos (Power Director15) and viewed in VLan/VLCMedia.

All of the above are, at some stage, incorporated into "Doogie_PIM", a serious Personal Information Management tool. Unfortunately, at this time, it will not function on Linux, although is being trialled on Mint.

My external disk assembly, currently totalling 72TB, requires a piece of software called "KeepAlive" to send a small text file to each drive (every 7 minutes) to prevent a power-down. (The Chinese manufacturer of the drive housings didn't quite get things right)   

I'll have to post the laptop hardware info at a later date as I am unable to find its spec at present. It certainly isn't a spec about which to get over-excited, that's for certain.

Thank you both for your help on this.

PS - Am I missing something, as I thought the forum emailed when replies were received?

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Linux Support / Re: Mint won't update - out of memory?
« Last Post by Rich J on August 29, 2021, 08:04:03 am »
Hi Rich

Thank you for your help. I have followed all your steps but I'm not yet sure if the problem is sorted. When I refreshed the Update Manager, I got this message:

"Could not download all repository indexes

The repository may no longer be available or could not be contacted because of network problems. If available, an older version of the failed index will be used. Otherwise, the repository will be ignored. Check your network connection and ensure the repository address is correct in 'Repositories' under 'Settings'."

Then it goes on to say I'm up to date. Again, I don't know what this means. Perhaps I'll need to wait until an update is needed?

Thanks again.

Christine

You're welcome!

It looks like it's worked as it states you are now up to date.  The error message refers to a repository that it has tried to contact but has failed for some reason.  Either the software stored there has been ignored for the time being or it has found it somewhere else and installed from there.

Try this - Go to Menu/Administration/Synaptic Package Manager. (This is what Update Manager actually does for you when you fire it up  ;))

Key in your password and authenticate.  You now have Superuser privileges. 

Click on Edit and look down the list for 'Fix broken packages'.  Click on that.  Look at the very bottom of the box and the message "Successfully fixed dependency problems!" should appear.

Then click Edit again and click on "Reload Package Information".  When that finishes, close Synaptic.

Hopefully the error message should disappear.

Edit:  Also - click on Update Manager and hit 'Refresh'.  If a tick appears, you are good to go.


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Linux Support / Re: Mint won't update - out of memory?
« Last Post by chrissymac234 on August 28, 2021, 09:25:34 pm »
Hi Rich

Thank you for your help. I have followed all your steps but I'm not yet sure if the problem is sorted. When I refreshed the Update Manager, I got this message:

"Could not download all repository indexes

The repository may no longer be available or could not be contacted because of network problems. If available, an older version of the failed index will be used. Otherwise, the repository will be ignored. Check your network connection and ensure the repository address is correct in 'Repositories' under 'Settings'."

Then it goes on to say I'm up to date. Again, I don't know what this means. Perhaps I'll need to wait until an update is needed?

Thanks again.

Christine
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Linux Support / Re: Mint won't update - out of memory?
« Last Post by Rich J on August 28, 2021, 08:17:46 pm »
Hi - and welcome to the forum.  This has also happened to me in the past and can be scary!  It's possible that Mint has run out of storage space to install the updated software, hence the error message.  One solution may be the following -

When you get notifications of updates (via the Update Manager - the shield icon), have you ever noticed 'new kernels' in the list?  They appear now and then in amongst the other, general stuff.  It's important that these kernels are installed as they are literally the heart of the system and ensure that security is kept up to date.  Now Mint, for some reason known only to the developers, retains all of the old kernels and stores them on your system and eventually the partition they are on becomes full.  It's then up to you, the user to remove them. Other OS's, I believe, don't do this and remove older, redundant kernels automatically.  It's pretty straightforward to do but..... YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL!

If you wish to try, follow the method below that I use periodically but please read it through fully before beginning!

Click on the shield icon to open Update Manager, then on 'View/Linux Kernels.  Read the warning notice then hit Continue.

The top line tells you which kernel you are currently using.  Make a note of this. 

Click on the relevant kernel series in the left-hand column. (Mine is currently 4.15) 

You should see that your current kernel is marked 'Active' with the others as 'Installed' and 'Superseded'. (Click on the other series numbers and you will see that some will be marked 'End of Life') 

Any kernel not 'Active' is safe to remove - HOWEVER - it is good practice to keep a couple of kernels in reserve just in case your current one plays up.

To do this, click on the button 'Remove old kernels'.  All of that range will be checked for removal and are listed in descending order, oldest to newest. (Your 'Active' one should NOT be on the list but if it is - UNCHECK IT)  Also, uncheck the bottom 2 in the list - i.e the nearest ones to your current number.

When you are happy with your selection, click on 'Remove old kernels' and leave the system to do it's thing (it may take a while if there are a lot of them to remove).  When Update Manager box reappears, repeat the process for the other kernel series, especially those listed as 'End of Life'.  If no check box appears, they have been removed.

To test all is ok, restart the computer, click on Update Manager then 'Refresh' and ok any updates that appear.  If they install alright, you have cured the issue.

Hope this helps,

Rich


 









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Security / Re: Linux in Between
« Last Post by steve57 on August 28, 2021, 12:19:40 pm »
If I may just add to what Rich J said, I started looking at Linux couple of years ago, and I've never looked back either. End of support for Windows 7 was on the horizon, and there were hundreds of articles regarding what to do. One specific article I read just basically said "If you're rich, buy a Mac, but if you're not, give Linux a go". I don't know now who wrote that, but whoever it was I owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Fair enough, I was fumbling a bit to start with, but soon got the hang of things after trying a variety of distros. Some distros are very user friendly for beginners, and some less so.

If your Toshiba is redundant, what have you got to lose? And do let us know the spec of the Toshiba and what your computing needs are. I've seen so many similar requests on various forums, but they don't even tell us the basics.

Let us know how you get on. By the way, I don't think I'm quite in the "silver surfer" category just yet, although I'm only a couple of years away from retirement, and I've always said that if I can cope with Linux, anybody can.
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