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Old 06-06-2006, 02:34 AM   #1
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Unhappy Aptitude bombs when trying to upgrade

Running unstable, here's what I get when I issue "aptitude upgrade":

Writing extended state information... Done
Reading package fields... Done
Reading package status... Done
Retrieving bug reports... Done
Extracting templates from packages: 100%
Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 82086 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace x11-common 1:7.0.18 (using .../x11-common_1%3a7.0.20_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement x11-common ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/x11-common_1%3a7.0.20_i386.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite `/usr/X11R6/bin', which is also in package opera
Setting up X server socket directory /tmp/.X11-unix....
Setting up ICE socket directory /tmp/.ICE-unix....
Setting up X server socket directory /tmp/.X11-unix....
Setting up ICE socket directory /tmp/.ICE-unix....
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
A package failed to install. Trying to recover:
Aptitude stops and I cannot update the system. Is this just unstable misbehaving? What can I try to get things going again?

Thanks in advance
Old 06-06-2006, 03:18 AM   #2
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OPera doesnt play nice sometimes. Try uninstalling it, update then reinstaling Opera.

There are a few packages that also might have caused the problem if your doing a dist-upgrade.
Namely dpkg-multicd if you have it installed. Also watch out updating udev.

If you don't have apt-listbugs installed and your running unstable I highly recommend you install it. It has saved me many times.
Old 06-06-2006, 06:55 AM   #3
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Thanks, uninstalling Opera worked fine. Time to move exclusively to Firefox, it seems...

apt-listbugs has been a saviour for me too. Thanks again craigevil.

Old 06-06-2006, 10:48 AM   #4
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It's not just unstable, I had the same problem in testing. Opera was misbehaving in the same manner after upgrading to Xorg 7

Be careful, it's dangerous out there!


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