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Once in a while, when updating my system after reboot I got a black screen. The problem seems to bee ATI drivers, but it's weird because even TTYs do not work.

For fix it I reboot on recovery mode, uninstall ATI drivers and then install them again and everything it's fine.

However, I'm trying to figure out which update is causing this. Is there any log where I can see which packages were updated the last time I updated the system?

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There is a log file located here, /var/log/dpkg.log:

$ head -10 /var/log/dpkg.log
2013-04-03 07:57:59 startup archives unpack
2013-04-03 07:58:01 upgrade libpoppler19 0.18.4-1ubuntu2 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.1
2013-04-03 07:58:01 status half-configured libpoppler19 0.18.4-1ubuntu2
2013-04-03 07:58:01 status unpacked libpoppler19 0.18.4-1ubuntu2
2013-04-03 07:58:01 status half-installed libpoppler19 0.18.4-1ubuntu2
2013-04-03 07:58:01 status half-installed libpoppler19 0.18.4-1ubuntu2
2013-04-03 07:58:01 status unpacked libpoppler19 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.1
2013-04-03 07:58:01 status unpacked libpoppler19 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.1
2013-04-03 07:58:02 upgrade libpoppler-glib8 0.18.4-1ubuntu2 0.18.4-1ubuntu3.1
2013-04-03 07:58:02 status half-configured libpoppler-glib8 0.18.4-1ubuntu2
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  • I see that the most relevant would be gnome-session, gdm3 and xserver-xorg-core. I guess xserver-xorg-core will be the one causing the problem.
    – Ay0
    Apr 23 '13 at 11:49
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If you use aptitude, you have to look somewhere different:

tail -20 /var/log/aptitude or cat /var/log/aptitude

For older, zipped logs, use this command

zcat /var/log/aptitude.1.gz or zcat /var/log/aptitude.1.gz | tail -20

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