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Old 08-06-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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Apt is trying to kill my system.


Hi, I'm using the newest debian lenny stable version. (Not sure but I think it's 5.0.2?). It's a amd64 processor so I used that build. All is working fine except apt (after a few days of use) decided that I no longer need packages that I use daily. For instance it wants to remove files such as xorg-server and many other key features.

I've only had debian installed for a few days, as I unwhitedly fell for this several days ago and ran "apt-get autoremove". It proceeded to ransack my computer and delete many needed files. Now I'm back to this problem again. After deleting many of the files I need, I just wiped it clean and reinstalled (because I wasn't sure what all packages were deleted, and figure it being a new system it wouldn't hurt).

The only major change I've made is removing iceweasel and replacing it with my own amd64 build of firefox 3.5.1 (Shiretoko). I've left my sources.list file as is shipped. If anyone has any idea as to why apt thinks my in-use packages are obsolete and no longer needed, it would be greatly appreciated.

Also it might be noted that any time I try to remove a single package, all the "unneeded" packages are also removed.

Thanks
TheCrow

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Old 08-06-2009, 03:56 PM   #2
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Are you using apt-get or aptitude?

I also found this.

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Old 08-06-2009, 04:12 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot for the help. That seems to clear it all up. Basically apt (and anything based off it, i.e. aptitude, synaptic, apt-get...) has a problem with meta-packages when you have your kernel's linux-headers installed. So in short the solution is to remove the meta-packages and install one piece at a time. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 08-07-2009, 06:02 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot for the help. That seems to clear it all up. Basically apt (and anything based off it, i.e. aptitude, synaptic, apt-get...) has a problem with meta-packages when you have your kernel's linux-headers installed. So in short the solution is to remove the meta-packages and install one piece at a time. Thanks for the help.
That's not what the thread Pjvaldez linked to says. The problem doesn't necessarily have anything to do with kernel headers. In your case, the problem is almost certainly that you removed Iceweasel.
 
Old 08-08-2009, 01:07 AM   #5
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Removing iceweasel shouldnt break anything else.

# apt-get remove iceweasel -s
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
gecko-mediaplayer iceweasel iceweasel-dbg
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 3 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
Remv gecko-mediaplayer [0.9.6-1]
Remv iceweasel-dbg [3.5.1-1]
Remv iceweasel [3.5.1-1]
There was probably another metapackage that you removed.
 
  


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