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Old 08-03-2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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Dbeian etch "apt-get install alien" failes , bug?

machination-deb:~# apt-get update && apt-get install alien
Get:1 etch/updates Release.gpg [189B]
Hit etch/updates Release
Ign etch/updates/main Packages/DiffIndex
Get:2 etch Release.gpg [189B]
Ign etch/updates/main Sources/DiffIndex
Hit etch Release
Hit etch/updates/main Packages
Hit etch/main Packages/DiffIndex
Hit etch/updates/main Sources
Hit etch/main Sources/DiffIndex
Fetched 2B in 1s (1B/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.

Since you only requested a single operation it is extremely likely that
the package is simply not installable and a bug report against
that package should be filed.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
alien: Depends: rpm (>= 2.4.4-2) but it is not installable
E: Broken packages
Old 08-03-2006, 10:08 PM   #2
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You would need a line for sid/unstable in your sources.list or you can wait a few days and see if it moves to testing/etch.

apt-cache policy rpm
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 4.4.1-9.1
  Version table:
     4.4.1-9.1 0
        600 sid/main Packages
Old 08-03-2006, 10:13 PM   #3
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what does the line for sources.list need to look like?
Old 08-03-2006, 10:35 PM   #4
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What do you need alien for? It's not something a serious Debian user would touch except in a real emergency.

To install a Sid program, change "etch" to "sid" in the sources.list file; run apt-get update; apt-get install alien; change "sid" back to "etch", and run apt-get update again.
Old 08-04-2006, 12:59 AM   #5
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If I might add to that, you should probably be compiling from source and using checkinstall if you want to easily create Debian packages of software not available on the repository.

You can get checkinstall here:

Very easy to use and a better method to install unofficial or unavailable software.
Old 08-04-2006, 02:38 PM   #6
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i wanted alien for XGL, but im still having problems with the ATI driver


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