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Old 03-26-2015, 12:15 AM   #1
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how to kill held broken packages

Just done a big update of Debian 7.8. This has killed the Gnome desktop completely, I can only login at runlevel 2. Init or systemd will not change runlevel. But all my files are in place.
I cannot use Synaptic (X not there)
apt-get install Gnome fails with:
***"unable to correct - you have held broken packages"***
Presumably I need to kill the 'held broken packages' (no idea which they are)
How do I do this? I want to get back to runlevel 5 and a Gnome desktop.
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here: you can find some ideas
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Try this:
# apt-get install -f
Old 03-26-2015, 03:27 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Head_on_a_Stick View Post
Try this:
# apt-get install -f

I would run;
# dpkg --configure -a
first to see if that straightens some out.

The best thing to do, even on a stable install such as yours, is keep up with your package upgrades.

All Gnu/Linux distros are very fast at releasing fixes for potential exploits that people discover. These by and large are the only package upgrades you will get in Debian Stable.

As these exploits are announced publically everyone knows about them. You should have the fixes install as soon as possible. You should set a schedule and stick to it. Weekly would be my minimum recommendation although others may feel longer is OK.

I run mine daily.

I also have a number of installs most of which are testing or Sid and those need upgraded daily or the package upgrades get out of hand. My Debian 6 and 7 installs get the same treatment.

Done in chroot I can stay right here on my favorite Sid install and do them pretty fast 2 at a time. 8 of them rarely take over half an hour.

6 and 7 many times have nothing. When they do, however, it is not something I want to postpone getting patched.


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