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Old 05-03-2006, 04:22 PM   #1
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cron: applet not found

I installed DSL Linux for a simple web server and irc client.
While running an apt-get install apache, it crashes with the following error:

root@2[dsl]# apt-get install apache
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Sorry, apache is already the newest version.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 143  not upgraded.
3 packages not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B/59.0kB of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.
(Reading database ... 16809 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace cron 3.0pl1-86 (using .../cron_3.0pl1-86_i386.deb) ...
cron: applet not found
dpkg: warning - old pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
dpkg - trying script from the new package instead ...
cron: applet not found
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/cron_3.0pl1-86_i386.deb (--unpack):
 subprocess new pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
stripping trailing /
cron: applet not found
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
 subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
I have tried running: apt-get install --reinstall cron
I have tried installing manually with dpkg, but to no avail. Google, and the forums havn't come up with anyhting. I'm kinda stuck at this point, very little will install without cron working.

If anyone could give me a hand getting cron fixed, i would appreciate it.

here is something else i tried:

root@2[archives]# dpkg --configure -a
dpkg: error processing cron (--configure):
 Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
 reinstall it before attempting configuration.
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of logrotate:
 logrotate depends on cron (>= 3.0pl1-53) | anacron | fcron; however:
  Package cron is not configured yet.
  Package anacron is not installed.
  Package fcron is not installed.
dpkg: error processing logrotate (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of apache:
 apache depends on logrotate (>= 3.5.4-1); however:
  Package logrotate is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing apache (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
Old 05-04-2006, 12:57 PM   #2
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Part of the problem might be that DSL is NOT Debian pure. When you enable the apt repositories on DSL, weird things can happen because they've made certain modifications to keep the system under 50MB. You're better off trying to use their MyDSL Extensions and see if apache is there. If not, they have a different web server that's installed by default (although I can't remember it of the top of my head -- ah, found it. It's called Monkey webserver).

If apache is a must and you can't find it in MyDSL Extensions, you might just try a Debian base install (i.e. no gui) and then install only what you need. If you need a gui, you can always install and x server and fluxbox (what DSL uses).

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