Today, like a bright ray of sunshine in the miserable rain, the trailer arrived! Since I made the irresponsible decision to build in a suburb it was a bit difficult making sure the street was clear of parked cars, and the trailer almost scraped the sidewalk on the way in. It will almost certainly be ten times more difficult getting the finished house out of the yard when it’s done, but I’m going to casually ignore that problem right now.
Sometimes if a system has been around a long time, upgraded a bunch, perhaps restored from backup, it will start to act up in weird ways. This is the dreaded “cruftiness” that Windows was famous for. You could treat a Windows XP system delicately, and there would still come the day when it was performing so badly it was easier to reinstall the OS than try to fix it.
Well, it can happen to linux, too. I was seeing odd behavior with suspend and resume, and very slow wifi reconnect times, and after dutifully filing a bug I eventually determined the problem was some crufty junk on my system related to a hard drive transfer I’d done.
I thought I was in for a class Linux Weekend — install the new OS, copy my home folder, and then painstakingly reinstall all the programs and packages I use that aren’t in the default installation.
No need! Ubuntu now has a special installation mode called “Reinstall”. It preserves all your user files while cleaning out the system folders completely. Then it installs a fresh OS and tries to install as many of your programs as it can find.
After I rebooted, there were a tiny number of custom-installed programs that the system couldn’t reinstall, but otherwise everything was where I left it and suspend and resume now work perfectly. Ah yes, and all of my wifi access points have been forgotten. For something I just let run over night, this was relatively painless and worked great! 5 stars.
I bought a record, and the label is all puffed up so it doesn’t sit flat on the b side.
edit: My buddy Nick points out this happens when the plant accidentally attaches two labels to one side of the record. I carefully cut away the label, and sure enough, there’s a second one hiding underneath. Thanks Nick!