Wifi not detecting anything after update, new update wants to remove tons of packages

After an update yesterday, wifi stopped working. I attempted to fix it on my phone by setting up a netplan, because network manager wasn’t appearing in all the queries I did on the command line, but was unable to, and eventually resorted to plugging in a spare ethernet cable, which network manager responded to, so I undid the netplan stuff (it was working but I wanted to leave it like I found it) and used that because I had a deadline.

Currently, the package updater is suggesting that I remove… a LOT of packages. I am unsure if this is in error that will make things worse, or a fix. My system works on ethernet fine, so I don’t want to risk bricking more stuff.

The other wifi-breakings in this support forum seem to be older, and I’m more concerned about it seemingly want to delete half the things on the computer. This install is fairly new with effectively no mucking about on my part outside of configuration options in guis (barring changing the netplan to point to my router and then undoing it).

Here is a section of the things it wanted to remove (it did not have replacements for them, afaik, just a few python and other things)

I have a full parts list of my computer: a notable anomaly is that I don’t have a GPU right now. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ZFRWGP

Here are some commands:

lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS
Release:        22.04
Codename:       jammy

part of lspci

0a:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8125 2.5GbE Controller (rev 05)
0b:00.0 Network controller: MEDIATEK Corp. Device 0616

I don’t know enough to know what parts of the other commands might be important.

For now I’m just not gonna let the update go through because it seems like it might make things much worse.

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I don’t know the cause for this, but you weren’t alone in noticing this (and its not just Lubuntu impacted).

I’ll provide a bug report you can look at, and click ‘affects me’ too if you think it applies.

( I’ve not explored this as I’ve felt a little ‘under the weather’ including headaches )


I’ve been monitoring this since the earliest reports.

Whatever problems you have with drivers are likely going to have to wait, or you’ll have to install without updating.

My suggestion is, and unless I’m told otherwise will continue to be, hold off and just wait. Give it a few days or until someone says that this is fixed. Right now, don’t go through with the upgrade process as it will hose your system.

As I deal with people who use other distros, I’ll point out that this isn’t something unique to Ubuntu. Every distro I can think of has, at some point, released an update or two that broke the system. It happens.

While I hate saying to wait as I’m a firm believer in updating ASAP, I’m strongly suggesitng folks enter a holding pattern. I’m not sure if this impacts derivatives, so I’m suggesting they update via the terminal to see if a bunch of stuff is going to uninstall when they perform the upgrade. If so, they too should wait.

Is there a better way to turn off automatic upgrades besides apt removing unattended upgrades? (Which I also saw in qps and then unsuccessfully attempted to read about)
I was able to get the notifier turned off in the lxqt settings but see no option for the automatic ones, which could also brick my system.
I probably wouldn’t have noticed the issue if not for the notifier, but I had to disable it because it keeps popping up and eventually I’m going to misclick on it.

I am unsure what needs to be removed, but as long as I re-install things it should be fine, right?

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