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I am sort of refining my server's issues I have found some time ago and still persisting after more than half a year.

Here are some of my previous "installments" about this issue:

Basically, long ago I had installed Ondrej's PPA in order to get an updated suite of PHP stuff to work with my Nginx web server.

Apparently, by reading Ondrej's messages, at a certain point he decided to merge low level services into his PPA. This is causing me some nasty side effects.

I have chipped at and refined a list of packages: if I install them, my system will still reboot, but it will show just 75M being used (normally it's about 1GB) and no services like Nginx, PHP-fpm, Dovecot, Pure-FTPd etc. etc. will get started at all. I know there have been some changes in the way Ubuntu init files are started but I had not time to follow the exact flow of the changes. So it's perfectly possible I have init files being started in a way and the services daemon proposed in the upgrade does not "see" them at all.

As of now, everything works as long as I NEVER say Yes to this apt-get upgrade prompt:

The following packages will be upgraded:
  init-system-helpers initscripts sysv-rc sysvinit-utils udev
5 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 1,393 kB of archives.
After this operation, 4,308 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?


Out of that list, just upgrading udev means getting a crippled system at next reboot.


I'd be most grateful if some good guy could give me directions about how to make my system upgraded without losing all my services.

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