I have just installed Debian (used Linux for a bit but a Debian newbie) and I have a couple of small problems with apt-get and dselect.
// background so far
I installed a minimal woody (nothing from tasksel, nothing from dselect).
I then moved my old /etc/apt/sources.list to a backup file
apt-cdrom add (2 sarge disks)
dselect update; dselect install
Having had numerous problems with .deb based X install, I have installed it from tgz's from xfree86.org (4.3.0)
Problem is when I try to use apt-get with any X-based apps it wants to install an older X-windows packages (sarge's 4.2.1) which makes a nice "mess" of my working X
- how can I stop this?
Or generally, how do I synchronise apt-get with installed apps from tarballs so it won't damage installed apps and libraries?
Secondly, dselect keeps selecting some (quite a few) packages that I do not want to install when I start it up .... debian installer packages and more include something called 'busybox' which has the description "...Installing this on your Debian system is a very, very bad idea."
It took many re-installs before I latched on to that one.
"D" doesn't de-select these and the Debian reference manual suggest manually de-selecting them with "_" - just too much hunting them down every time I run dselect at the moment?
Any help gratefully received. Tnx.