I've been searching the Internet for days now trying to figure this one out, including these forums, but so far I'm only making things worse. I'm fairly new to Linux, but am experienced in troubleshooting Windows, but I need some help on this one.
It started a few days ago when I discovered the magic of Synaptic. It was far easier to use than any other installation method I've performed so far, so I was pretty excited. I guess a little too much, because I tried installing a bunch of packages at once. This created conflicts, which I tried to solve. In the end, I got rid of xlibs, which unfortunately uninstalled virtually all of my kde files. I switched over to icewm to try and fix it, and reinstalled kde with synaptic. It would not complete because one package, xscreensavers, could not be installed. When I checked why not, it needed a few libraries like libice6, libsm6, and conflicted with xlibs. It seemed that there was no way to get this install to finish without getting rid of xlibs again, which of course only started the problem.
Finally I see that it has a problem with xlibs <4.3.0 only, and a new version was available. Ok, so I try to update xlibs. That didn't work because xlibs depends on those other packages (libice6, libsm6, etc.) and tries to install them first. They don't want to install because they need the better xlibs first. Meanwhile, xlibs is partially installed at the new version, meaning nothing
works anymore. (I'm typing this in on my browser which I haven't closed yet.) I mean that I cannot load any new programs in icewm. So that I don't lose access to my browser, I've kept it open looking for solution, but I can't get synaptic or even a console to run. I know I will have to probably boot to a console, or if I'm lucky maybe gnome will still work (although I'm not so optimistic about that). From there maybe I'll have to apt-get everything, or worse yet, reinstall everything from my cds.
This actually started because I needed the new kdelibs4 so I could run Krusader, which doesn't come with Libranet 2.8.1. kdelibs4 proved very difficult to install. That xlibs seemed to be the main problem throughout the process. Does anyone have any advice on this? Something I'm missing? I'm thinking that perhaps there is a specific order I need to do things in, or something to avoid doing.
Oh right. I have tried "fixing" the broken package of the xlibs. All that does is want to uninstall it and everything dependant on it... again!
Thanks in advance!