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Old 10-24-2006, 10:54 AM   #1
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Running testing


I've learned a little about running testing. I tried etch out a couple of months ago and everything worked "out of the box", which impressed me, except hardware acceleration. I don't have anything exotic for a video card, and intel i810. Eventually, as everything I tried failed, I got frustrated with this and moved on to another distro.

I just installed etch again and... everything works, out of the box, including hardware acceleration. And this is on a laptop (Dell Inspiron 1100). So kudos to the Debian team. Since this is "testing" I guess sometimes things don't work, but they get fixed eventually.

Which brings me to another subject. I can't install pysol or irssi because of "dependency problems". I assume that this is something else that I will just have to wait for. Does anyone have any info on this?
 
Old 10-24-2006, 11:54 AM   #2
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I don't know if the i810 will support hardware acceleration at all.

I have never had a "dependency problem" with Debian unless I was mixing repositories. Sometimes when I have done some major upgrades from Sid, I won't be able to upgrade some applications from testing for a while. If that is not your case, something is quite peculiar. Maybe we should see your sources.list file.

In Debian testing (Etch), "things work" 99.9876% of the time. It's not really a "beta" test environment.

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Old 10-24-2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rickh
I don't know if the i810 will support hardware acceleration at all.
Well it must be a miracle then!
ie. it does work, now. And it has worked with other distros.

Quote:
Originally Posted by rickh
I have never had a "dependency problem" with Debian unless I was mixing repositories. Sometimes when I have done some major upgrades from Sid, I won't be able to upgrade some applications from testing for a while. If that is not your case, something is quite peculiar. Maybe we should see your sources.list file.

In Debian testing (Etch), "things work" 99.9876% of the time. It's not really a "beta" test environment.
Here is what I get when I run "apt-get install irssi"

.....
Reading package lists...
Building dependency tree...
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.

Since you only requested a single operation it is extremely likely that
the package is simply not installable and a bug report against
that package should be filed.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
irssi: Depends: libperl5.8 (>= 5.8.8) but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages
.....

My main repository is

http://lyre.mit.edu/debian/ etch main
 
Old 10-24-2006, 12:21 PM   #4
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Using sources.list:
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main

Code:
debian64:~# aptitude install irssi --simulate
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
Building tag database... Done
The following NEW packages will be automatically installed:
  libperl5.8
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  irssi libperl5.8
0 packages upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 1120kB of archives. After unpacking 3031kB will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] Y
Would download/install/remove packages.
debian64:~#

debian64:~# aptitude install libperl5.8 --simulate
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
Building tag database... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libperl5.8
0 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 1012B of archives. After unpacking 24.6kB will be used.
Would download/install/remove packages.
debian64:~#
 
Old 10-24-2006, 01:10 PM   #5
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Now that worked. I changed my main repository to ftp.us.debian.org and then ran update and upgrade and it added a few packages. Then I installed irssi without a problem. I had just previously updated and upgraded with lyre.mit.edu (which I selected because it is closer to me) and it said that there were no upgrades. So what? is lyre.mit.edu lagging behind ftp.us.debian.org in updating their packages?
 
Old 10-24-2006, 02:04 PM   #6
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Found this http://lists.debian.org/debian-mirro.../msg00048.html
 
Old 10-24-2006, 02:38 PM   #7
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That explains it, thanks...
 
  


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