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Old 09-24-2003, 06:35 PM   #1
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after 'apt-get remove --purge', it's still there (?)


I'd like to get nedit off of my system (Sid's nedit unstable has a pretty bad bug, so I plan to just install nedit the old-fashioned way).

Code:
amethyst:/home/john# dpkg -l | grep nedit
ii  nedit          5.3-1          A powerful, customizable, Motif based text e
amethyst:/home/john# apt-get remove --purge nedit
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  nedit*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 19 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives.
After unpacking 2101kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 19843 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing nedit ...
update-alternatives: --slave only allowed with --install

Debian update-alternatives 1.10.15.
Copyright (C) 1995 Ian Jackson.
Copyright (C) 2000-2002 Wichert Akkerman
This is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence
version 2 or later for copying conditions.  There is NO warranty.

Usage: update-alternatives --install <link> <name> <path> <priority>
                          [--slave <link> <name> <path>] ...
       update-alternatives --remove <name> <path>
       update-alternatives --remove-all <name>
       update-alternatives --auto <name>
       update-alternatives --display <name>
       update-alternatives --list <name>
       update-alternatives --config <name>
       update-alternatives --set <name> <path>
       update-alternatives --all
<name> is the name in /etc/alternatives.
<path> is the name referred to.
<link> is the link pointing to /etc/alternatives/<name>.
<priority> is an integer; options with higher numbers are chosen.

Options:  --verbose|--quiet  --test  --help  --version
          --altdir <directory>  --admindir <directory>
dpkg: error processing nedit (--purge):
 subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
 nedit
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
amethyst:/home/john# dpkg -l | grep nedit
pi  nedit          5.3-1          A powerful, customizable, Motif based text e
Ack! What does the 'pi' mean?

I get pretty much the same output if I leave off the --purge except:

Code:
amethyst:/home/john# dpkg -l | grep nedit
ri  nedit          5.3-1          A powerful, customizable, Motif based text e
Ack Thpt! Now it says 'ri'. Where can I look up what these codes mean? I see at the top of a dpkg -l listing:

Code:
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version        Description
+++-==============-==============-============================================
So maybe pi means "Purge, Installed" and ri means "Remove Installed"... but that doesn't tell me what's really going on or how to fix it. Any ideas?

Last edited by johnMG; 09-24-2003 at 06:43 PM.
 
Old 09-25-2003, 07:01 AM   #2
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ii - prevoius state installed, present state (to be done or already done) installed

pi - was purged, will be installed


pc - was purgde, is configured


rc - was removed, is configured


IMHO with a little pile of docs on my side

run aptitude - is more clear there
 
Old 09-25-2003, 08:54 AM   #3
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Thanks pe. I'll take your suggestion and install aptitude (or maybe synaptic) -- maybe one of those will try to automatically resolve my issue.
 
  


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