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Old 06-21-2004, 09:16 AM   #1
Benjim
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Help: Installing Gnome on Testing / Unstable


I've been using the same process to upgrade & install Gnome on a Debian Woody install for ages, but I'm starting to have problems.

My normal process is:

Install Woody from CD with C / C++ development & libncurses-dev
Build new (2.6.6) kernel and install it

Add stable APT sources to sources.list
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Add unstable / testing APT sources to sources.list

create /etc/apt/preferences containing:
Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 600

Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 50

To upgrade, run:
dselect update
dselect select (just accept default & quit straight out)
dselect install

At this stage in the past, the system would be upgraded to testing/unstable, but it seems now that stuff like dhcp3-client is being removed. After dselect install ran, I re-installed dhcp3-client before I rebooted.

I would then normally run:
apt-get install gnome

and that would install all of Gnome from testing/unstable. However, when I run the install apt-get barfs and complains about a bunch of stuff that wont be installed, such as gnome-office etc etc etc.

To resolve this, I tried:
apt-get dist-upgrade

That upgraded a bunch of stuff. But when I go back to running apt-get install gnome, it complains only about gnome-office not being installed etc. I kluged it by running apt-get install gnome-office then apt-get install gnome, and that ran ok.

I then installed gdm, xserver-xfree86, some fonts, gdm etc.

However, the system wont run gdm or I get a weird broken Gnome...

Is there something I'm now doing wrong, or any docs I should read. I've Googled about but can only find old instructions such as in Debian Reference etc.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 08:02 AM   #2
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It's very understandable you are having problems you didn't experience before. Gnome is currently being upgraded to 2.6, but there is also a lot of gnome 2.4 stuff in testing. So you're probably not doing anything wrong. My desktop is broken too since the upgrades, why it always worked fine. I really hope it will be over soon.

I don't have a solution for you, sorry. Just wait maybe...
 
Old 06-22-2004, 09:21 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I'd realised about the 2.6 Gnome into testing, so did a bit of digging. As 2.4 is broken in testing, I'm going to try 2.6. In fact the broken Gnome installation was 2.6 pretty much. The instructions I've found are:

edit /etc/apt/sources.list, add: (replace xy with your country)
deb http://ftp.xy.debian.org/debian/ ../project/experimental main

apt-get update
apt-get remove libgtop2 (work around a conflict with the new libgtop2-2 package)
apt-get install -t experimental gnome-desktop-environment
 
Old 06-22-2004, 01:30 PM   #4
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Sounds good, think I'm gonna try that. I've already tried updating gnome to unstable, but it didn't work (missing dependencies). But this sounds good.

lol, I thought you were asking the question here ;-).
 
Old 06-24-2004, 04:54 AM   #5
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I've tried those instructions to install Gnome with no luck yet.

I used the Sarge Installer:

http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

...to install Debian testing/unstable, then tried to install Gnome, but unfortunately there are broken dependancies at the moment.

I'll keep trying!
 
Old 06-24-2004, 05:31 AM   #6
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I've also tried (to install Gnome 2.6)

edit /etc/apt/sources.list, add: (replace xy with your country)
deb http://ftp.xy.debian.org/debian/ ../project/experimental main

apt-get update
apt-get remove libgtop2 (work around a conflict with the new libgtop2-2 package)
apt-get install -t experimental gnome-desktop-environment

Last edited by Benjim; 06-24-2004 at 05:33 AM.
 
Old 06-24-2004, 08:07 AM   #7
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I added unstable and experimental to my apt-sources, and upgraded the gnome-packages by hand (synaptic), because I use a stripped down version of gnome (I have stuff like gnome-help deinstalled, I don't have the metapackage gnome-desktop-environment installed). Somehow it worked: most of my desktop works again, including some programs (gnumeric and gedit work again, but gpdf and gxine not anymore). I'm quite happy with the result...

I have removed unstable and experimental from my apt-sources again. I can now find back the upgraded packages by going to "absolete or locally installed", so I can go to the testing-version when it has the gnome 2.6 version.

Not perfect, but at least I can use gnome again...

Maybe this information helps for you. Good luck!

Corien
 
Old 06-24-2004, 08:26 AM   #8
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I've added:

# Debian experimental
deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian ../project/experimental main

# GNOME 2.6 pending packages
deb http://pkg-gnome.alioth.debian.org/debian experimental main

to my /etc/apt/sources.list

I only had the:

deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian ../project/experimental main

...line in before.

Last edited by Benjim; 06-24-2004 at 08:27 AM.
 
  


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