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I've been trying to upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04 using the update manager. Everything went fine at first, and I haven't gotten any errors, but the progress has been stopped at "Preparing to configure debconf" for about 24 hours now. Is there anything I should do about this or a way to stop the upgrade?

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    Do you have "> Details" link in the update window? Try clicking on it - you'll see console output there, it may be asking you some question there, something like "config file changed, do you want to override?"
    – Sergey
    May 2, 2012 at 4:24
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    Well, it's not your fault, it shouldn't have happened... Normally it supposed to display a normal GUI dialog, but sometimes it thinks it is running in the console so it falls back to text interface. I'll re-post my comment as an answer in case you want to mark it as accepted.
    – Sergey
    May 2, 2012 at 4:57
  • I swear I have seen this question before... I just don't recall where...
    – TheXed
    May 2, 2012 at 15:45

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Do you have "> Details" link in the update window? Try clicking on it - you'll see console output there, it may be asking you some question there, something like "config file changed, do you want to override?"

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It shouldn't take 24 hours. Your upgrade has likely failed. I had a similar problem and wound up.

  1. Boot from CD
  2. Copy my /home/xxx to a external HDD.
  3. Do a fresh install of 12.04
  4. Copy my /home/xxx from external HDD to the hard drive.
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I ran into the same issue. In my "Distribution Upgrade -- Upgrading Ubuntu to version 12.04" window I had a >terminal. I opened that and I had to say OK to something about stopping services. (I didn't know it was going to work, so I didn't write it down for later reference, so I cannot quote exactly what it was.) Anyway, after I OKed it, the install continued.

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