Please note everything was working happily before the reboot. Specifically I noticed right off the bat slim did not boot. Looking through Xorg.0.log xorg claims no screens available, and to have a few lines before that unloaded the radeon module. My card is a ATI RS880M Radeon HD 4200 Series. But before we go blaming the video configuration, I also noticed wifi went out as well (Atheros AR9285)
does nothing. So I can't even network out of the machine to get some decent wgetpaste's going. Anyone else have mass suicide of modules after the most recent release? I'm off to a live environment to see what's wrong.
Ensure that the kernel name reported by uname -a matches the kernel that pacman thinks it is; find that with pacman -Qi linux
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bah humbug, it was something like that apparently pacman had borked somewhere in the scheme of things without my noticing. In the live environment I had hell getting the upgrade to finish as the qt4 replacement of qt did not go smoothly. I ended up doing something like
pacman -Rdd qt
pacman -Sf qt4
pacman -Sf lib32-qt4
and then pacman -Rd and -Sf on tons more crap that gave the 'exists in filesystem' error, I know this may have borked my system, but it is now booted and happily purring along, time to back up everything and observe for a bit.