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Old 11-12-2007, 07:54 AM   #1
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Package update missing dependency

Hi, all,

Sorry, newbie question:

I'm trying to apply a package update for the package GnomeSword. It claims to be missing a dependent module, I performed a "find," and the module is actually there, in /usr/lib. Apparently, though, the package manager doesn't know about it; either that, or it's in the wrong place.

How do I make the package manager aware of it?

Better question: what feature of rpm or yum do I need to read about so I'll be able to answer the question for myself?

Phil W.

Last edited by philwynk; 11-12-2007 at 08:14 AM.
Old 11-12-2007, 08:24 AM   #2
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It helps to see what you are doing... how are you attempting to update?

yum update GnomeSword or rpm -Uvh GnomeSword or something else?
Show the command and the output - copy and paste.

Similarily, show the following command and it's output:

ls /usr/lib/libsword*

The likely reason for a failed dependancy that you actually have is if the updated program expects it someplace else. Maybe /usr/share/lib ? Something like this has plagued that particular package since it's inception. My impression is that it is poorly maintained.

You could try totally removing gnomesword, then installing it again. Using yum for dependency resolution. Or you could just install bibletime instead.
Old 11-13-2007, 02:46 PM   #3
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Hi, Simon, and thanks.

I'm looking at the automatic System Updates that run whenever I log in. The prompt I get for the root password tells me I'm running "pup," but I have no idea what command line switches it's using. It seems to be all-inclusive, that is, it attempts to grab the updates for everything I have installed. It appears to be part of the Gnome environment. Newbie that I am to package management, I have no idea at this moment where the configuration information is for this feature (any idea you pass along would be appreciated, as I hate working around black boxes.)

Per your request for info:

[root@localhost ~]# ls -altr /usr/lib/libsword*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1049560 2007-01-20 11:09 /usr/lib/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 2007-11-05 18:58 /usr/lib/ ->

I gathered that the package manager expects the file to be somewhere else; what I've been unable to figure out is, how do I figure out where it's looking for it? If I can figure that one out, I can put a link there, and be done with it. Is there a "yum list dependencies" sort of syntax, or an "rpm --report --libraries <package-name>" sorta thing?

Thanks again for your help.

Phil W.


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