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Old 03-22-2006, 02:36 PM   #1
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GnomeE v2.14 on Debian sarge?


Hello,
I am currently running Debian Sarge (v3.1) stable release at home and the default Xwindow system that i use is Gnome as my hardware is old and Gnome performance is much better than KDE. The version of Gnome which came with this Debian release is v2.8.3 and now recently Gnome officially release v2.14 and my question is how can i upgrade my system to this latest Gnome release? I tried to check if i get this latest release using the aptitude commands:
Code:
# aptitude update and 
# aptitude update
But with above commands, i dont get any Gnome desktop environment updates. My present /etc/apt/sources.list has following config:
Code:
#deb file:///cdrom/ sarge main

#deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 r0a _Sarge_ - Official i386 Binary-1 (20050607)]/ unstable contr$
deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib

#deb ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib

deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 03-22-2006, 03:04 PM   #2
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I think you'll have to add the unstable repository to your sources.list. Once the stable version hits it's not upgraded (in the repository) except for security fixes.
 
Old 03-22-2006, 03:16 PM   #3
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I don't think 2.14 is even in Unstable, yet.

What you might want to consider is an upgrade to Testing. That'll get you version 2.12, and probably keep you entertained until 2.14 gets into Debian's archives.

If you want to try it:
1. Change
Quote:
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
to
Quote:
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main non-free contrib
While you're at that, you should probably also comment out:
Quote:
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
Getting to the official Testing security repos is a bit more complicated and can wait until you get this working smoothly.

2. # apt-get update
3. # apt-get distupgrade

Edit:
Just noticed you're using aptitude instead of apt ... stick with aptitude.

Last edited by rickh; 03-22-2006 at 03:19 PM.
 
Old 03-24-2006, 05:57 PM   #4
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Thanks guys for the reply and sorry for the late reply as i couldn't try your suggestions before. I tried with what you had suggested rickh, but now i am facing another big problem. First i modified my /etc/apt/sources.list as you had said and now it looks like following:
Code:
#deb file:///cdrom/ sarge main

#deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 r0a _Sarge_ - Official i386 Binary-1 (20050607)]/ unstable contrib main

deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib

#deb ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free
#deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
#deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib

deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main non-free contrib

deb http://dotdeb.pimpmylinux.org/ stable all
deb-src http://dotdeb.pimpmylinux.org/ stable all
After making the above changes i ran the commands:
Code:
# aptitude update
# aptitude dist-upgrade
After running the commands, aptitude dowloaded around 300Mb of data from internet and started configuring the new packages and this is the place where i am stuck now. In the following link(couldn't paste output here because of message size restriction) you can find the output for the above two commands.
http://www.tu-harburg.de/~sosg0627/error_log1.htm
Can anyone please tell me what was it that i did wrong and now how to fix this? I am not even able to start into XWindows now. Someone please help.

Thanks again in advance.

Last edited by g_srinivas; 03-25-2006 at 03:02 AM.
 
Old 03-24-2006, 08:00 PM   #5
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WHoa! That is a mess. I don't have time to look at it in detail right now. Where did 'PimpMyLinux' come from? I don't know if that had anything to do with it or not. Comment those servers out, Change the testings back to stable and try just -- 'aptitude update' then 'aptitude upgrade' and see if that makes things any better.

I'll be back in a while, and hopefully someone else will take a look at it, too.

Last edited by rickh; 03-24-2006 at 08:04 PM.
 
Old 03-25-2006, 03:19 AM   #6
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Oh Boy!!! The system has gone terribly bad now... I now modified my /etc/apt/sources.list as following:
Code:
#deb file:///cdrom/ sarge main

#deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 r0a _Sarge_ - Official i386 Binary-1 (20050607$

deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib

#deb ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free
#deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
#deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib

deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib

#deb http://dotdeb.pimpmylinux.org/ stable all
#deb-src http://dotdeb.pimpmylinux.org/ stable all
And now after running aptitude update and aptitude dist-upgrade all the packages got removed and some added (i guess). Now, the XWindows won't start at all and when i try to startx i get following message:
Code:
latitude:~# startx
-bash: startx: command not found
latitude:~#
For complete log of the actions check: http://www.tu-harburg.de/~sosg0627/error_log1.htm

Regarding the
Code:
#deb http://dotdeb.pimpmylinux.org/ stable all
#deb-src http://dotdeb.pimpmylinux.org/ stable all
lines, i inserted them to get the latest versions of php, mysql and apache and i had to do this because the new version of these packages isn't provided with normal stable releases of debian.

So, what should i try next to get back my system to normal(testing) state???
 
Old 03-25-2006, 03:29 AM   #7
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What happens on a reboot?
 
Old 03-25-2006, 03:34 AM   #8
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i put a alias for restarting my system, so:
reboot = shutdown -r now
 
Old 03-25-2006, 03:39 AM   #9
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No. I meant, 'What happens if you reboot the system?' My assumption is that you should have Sarge pretty well back in place now. That would mean that your Xserver is XFree86.

In that case, try dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
 
Old 03-25-2006, 03:46 AM   #10
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I had rebooted to let the new updates take effect, but still i guess many packages were removed which might have also included gnome and kde(i'm not sure about this, just my assumption).

Now if i try to reconfigure XFree86 in shell, i get following error message:
Code:
latitude:~# dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
/usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: xserver-xfree86 is broken or not fully installed
latitude:~#
 
Old 03-25-2006, 03:58 AM   #11
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Well, it's past my bedtime, and any further advice I have may be tainted by tiredness. My fisrt advice was obviously not particularly good for your situation. Had I realized you were running apache, particularly, I would have been a bit more cautious.

Given that, it appears that you need to reinstall xfree86. I'm not sure what packages exactly that includes, but '# apt-cache search xfree --names-only' should give you a pretty good idea. You will probably have to use the --reinstall option

Again, this is intended to get you back running on Sarge, rather than Etch. If that starts working again, you can still move to Etch, but more cautiously.
 
  


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