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Old 01-10-2008, 04:19 PM   #1
mikieboy
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Problem with aptitude safe-upgrade


I have tried several times over the last week to do aptitude upgrade but get the following every time:

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# aptitude safe-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
Building tag database... Done
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
locales: Depends: glibc-2.7-1 which is a virtual package.
The attempt then fails and returns to the prompt. The same happens if I try to install anything.

Does anyone know what is happening here and what I can do about it?
 
Old 01-10-2008, 04:43 PM   #2
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What does your /etc/apt/sources.list look like?

And since glibc-2.7-1 is a virtual package, I believe you can remove it with no problems (though I'd simulate it first and make sure it doesn't remove the actual glibc...)
 
Old 01-10-2008, 05:07 PM   #3
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My /etc/apt/sources.list:

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# deb file:///cdrom/ sarge main

deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ testing main
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ testing main

deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main

#deb http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian/ unstable main
#deb-src http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian/ unstable main

deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org lenny main


# deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main
I don't appear to have glibc installed!

Quote:
aptitude search glibc
v glibc-2.6-1 -
v glibc-2.7-1 -
p glibc-doc - GNU C Library: Documentation
v glibc-pic
 
Old 01-10-2008, 05:14 PM   #4
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Sorry, I'm not very well versed in the output of aptitude search. What are the letters on the left? I sort of assume "p" meant "purged", but I don't know what "v" would stand for...
 
Old 01-10-2008, 06:11 PM   #5
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A "v" indicates a virtual package.
An installed package would have an "i" to the left of the entry.

Anyway I've just solved the problem. I did aptitude search on "locales" and got a "B" to the left of the "locales" entry in the resulting list of packages. I think this means broken, so I did "aptitude install locales". The result was that glibc was installed as a dependency. I have now done "aptitude safe-upgrade" and all went well.

However, I have no idea why I appear to have lost glibc in the first place.

Thanks for your assistance,

Mikie
 
  


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