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Written by: ronen ariely
22/10/2015 08:42 RssIcon

During simple automatic update the Grub update freezes and stop responding. This issue raise in several forums like the MongoDB were I have seen this question, and recently I experienced it myself. Therefore, instead of writing the solution procedure in each question again and again I will post here the solution that worked for me.

1. stop the updater
 
1. restart the machine (if needed force shutdown using: sudo shutdown -h now)
 
2. while it is starting Hold down the SHIFT key during boot to access the Grub menu
 
3. Select "advanced options for UBUNTU" (probably the second item down in the list
 
4. select the latest version of your kernel with the words "Recovery Mode". In my case it was:
UBUNTU, with LINUX 3.13.0-65-generic (Recovery Mode)
 
** If this do not work and you get error then try the second  latest version option. In my case it was:
UBUNTU, with LINUX 3.13.0-36-generic (Recovery Mode)
 
5. A menu will appear (it take some time). Go down to the option to start the shell as ROOT
ROOT    drop to root shell promp
 
6. Type:
# sudo dpkg --configure -a
 
7. If you get an error: dpkg: unable to access dpkg status area: Read-only file system
 
we need to remount the disk with read&write permissions. execute this:
# sudo mount / -o remount,rw
 
8. next try again, It should work
 
# sudo dpkg --configure -a
 
9 reboot... and continue the update...

have a great day ;-)