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Author: al3xu5 / dotcommon
To: dng
Subject: [DNG] ASCII 2.1 to Beowulf: Report + questions
Hi all

Yesterday I dist-upgrade ASCII 2.1 (MATE DM) to Beowulf, following [1].

Overall, the upgrade appears to have gone well; the process has completed and
the system is fully functional. But there are some details (maybe minor issues)
I would like to report, also with some questions.

Now I have:
$ uname -a
Linux computer0 4.6.0-0.bpo.1-rt-amd64 #1 SMP PREEMPT RT Debian 4.6.4-1~bpo8+1
(2016-08-11) x86_64 GNU/Linux

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:    Debian
Description:    Devuan GNU/Linux 3 (beowulf)
Release:    3
Codename:    beowulf

1- There is one aspect of the upgrade that I don't think is in place, and that
I would like to point out: elogind, libelogind0, libpam-elogind have not been
upgraded; indeed these packages are marked as 'upgradable'. How should I manage
this situation?

2. Having upower installed, I have downgraded upower packages as suggested in
[1], to avoid problems like bug#394 [2] which seems mainly related to cinnamon.
But I do not have cinnamon... So what I should do? Downgrade or not? If not,
how to disable downgrading of those packages?

3. Programs with a graphic display started complaining about the warning
"Couldn't register with accessibility bus: ..." [3][4]. Putting 'export
NO_AT_BRIDGE=1' in /etc/environment seems to have blocked the alerts. I don't
know if it's a real solution or just a workaround that doesn't solve the
underlying problem.

4. After the upgrade, gtk has lost the font configuration, meaning that gtk
applications had a generic sans font with an almost illegible minimum size. I
suppose it's due to a change in the gtk theme. I solved it by manually setting
font and size using Gtk-ChTheme.

5. Some MATE problems:

5.1. MATE shows a very *huge* amount of errors in .xsession-errors

5.2. The trash icon don't work as expected anymore: if the trash can contains
data then the full-trash icon and its label are displayed; when empty, there
isn't any trash icon bau the label is still in place. I suppose this is a
problem with the theme and/or the svg icon being used (but I cannot figure out
which one is among the many svg trash icons in /usr/share/icons ...)

5.3. MATE (1.20.4) has changed its default typeface which now is the *ugly*
Cantarell, as used in Gnome 3 [5]. Since I don't really like Cantarell, I had
to manually revert default MATE fonts to DejaVu...

Please let me know your suggestions.


[1] https://beta.devuan.org/os/documentation/dev1fanboy/en/upgrade-to-beowulf
[2] https://bugs.devuan.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=394
[3] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1056820
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantarell_(typeface)


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