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Old 09-28-2003, 11:18 PM   #1
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apt + KDE3 = unmet dependencies

hi! i just installed Libranet cuz i got fed up with the real Debian installer which kept screwing up!

anyways, after lots of time wasted trying to apt-get to the unstable sid release...i think my system is working ok now. problem is i can't get KDE3 installed. luckily GNOME worked out ok so at least i have a GUI.

i tried lots of the well known commands:
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install kde
apt-get install kdebase kdethis kdethat kdeblahblah

tried everything and it gives me errors. something along the lines of "Depends: packageX but it is not going to be installed"

and i get a ton of those. i found another thread on this site, and they told me to add all the dependant packages to the apt-get i tried it. and it worked only until i came across a package that wouldn't work.

basically, KDE depends on a package which is replaced by another package. when i try to install the package KDE wants me to install, apt tells me that there's a better package that replaces the old one.

and if i try to remove the old package it'll break a lotta stuff. i actually had to reinstall Libranet because the first time trying to apt-get to unstable screwed everything up hardcore. even the 2nd time (currently) i ran into some trouble until aptitude did wonders for me and installed GNOME...too bad it's only 2.2.

any suggestions?
Old 09-29-2003, 08:58 AM   #2
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if you look here down towards the end of the thread, you will see the file I had to find and install - once done, the rest was easy.

Did I say easy? the lib mentioned seems to be the one that was at the root of my problem.

Hope this helps



p.s. you might have to check all the mirrors for the file/library, because there was only 2 or 3 that had it, the rest just "404'd" me.

Last edited by bigjohn; 09-29-2003 at 09:02 AM.
Old 09-29-2003, 09:18 AM   #3
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It would help to see the exact dependency error messages, thanks.


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