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Old 03-24-2005, 08:11 PM   #1
jon_k
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Apt-get refuses to work now


I installed gnome 2.10 from an uncertified repo and it seems to have messed my system up bad.

I tried to uninstall it and I get

root@257[archives]# apt-get --purge remove gnome
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
[............ SNIP .....................]
Errors were encountered while processing:
scrollkeeper
gedit
gedit-common
gnome-panel-data
gnome-panel
gnome-applets
gnome-applets-data
gnome-core
gnome-gv
gnome-system-monitor
zenity
gnome-desktop-environment
gnome-office
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)



What should I do to get my old GNOME 2.8 back?
 
Old 03-25-2005, 02:55 PM   #2
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Try removing each one individually, then you should get some indication of what the error is. Probably it is wanting to remove a file which already has been removed so it errors because it can't find the file. if this is the case, sometimes you can fake your way through by creating a dummy file so apt has something to remove.
An actual example: on certain versions of Knoppix, the file /usr/local/frozen-bubble.wav (I forget the exact file but it was a frozen bubble .wav sound file was missing from the distro. Apt would give a similar error if attempting to remove frozen bubble. the cure was
'sudo touch /usr/local/frozen-bubble.wav'
which would create a dummy file which apt could then remove & carry on it's merry way. (sudo because only root has write privileges for /usr).
If this doesn't work, try dpkg --force-remove <filename> to force removal.
See man dpkg & man apt-get for more information.
 
  


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