Saturday, May 07, 2022

Thoughts On Ubuntu 22.04 (UPDATED)

 So here I am a few days ago, sitting at my computer, working on a project, and a pop-up appears asking me that Ubuntu 22.04 had been release, asking if I wanted to upgrade to it.  (Yes, I know that I can limit what I am notified of, I actually choose to know when the latest is available).  

I think, "Sure, why not." and clicked through the plethora of buttons to get it up upgrade (agreeing to the upgrade no less than 3 or 4 times). So my machine goes into upgrading and I decide to let it do its thing.  An hour or so later, I return and its at a login prompt, as it had rebooted.  Only, the login page is now dark themed.  Very nice!!!  The upgrade results were starting off on a good note.  

While its just a lot of packages that were upgraded, as well as the underlying software, I will say that there was an extremely annoying side-effect of this upgrade.  I have some projects that I have setup, including having done pip installs of packages and such for the software.  It seems that during the upgrade, all of those packages and settings went away.  Seriously?  Just *POOF*?  What the heck, Ubuntu?  Way to blow away my installs and configs.  

So, I had to spend some time re-setting up the stuff I regularly used (and some I was working on).  All of the items, by the way, were already using Python 3, so nothing except a newer version being installed.  

I just wanted to share this annoyance, in case you are planning on upgrading.  You will need to plan on some extra time, re-setting up some things once the upgrade completes.

UPDATE:  After some research, and noting issues seen on other machines (non-ubuntu) and work systems, this seems to be something related to a python3 upgrade.  On my work Mac, it seems that Python3 upgraded, and put itself in a different location, but did not take on what was previously installed.  It caused a ton of confusion in my system.  There were two different versions of pip3 and two different versions of python3.  It took using 'which -a' to figure this out and zero in on the issue.  In the end, I had to use an alias for each on my Mac to set things right.  

Here on my Ubuntu system though, the python3 upgrade simply wiped out everything that was installed with the previous python3 installation, that wasn't part of the standard library.  Thanks for that.  Way to seriously cause broken software that is used constantly.

No comments:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.