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Old 10-29-2008, 11:33 PM   #1
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Question no version information available, replaced libraries

I'm not happy that debian's got openssl 0.9.8c, so I went and installed 0.9.8h. Everything works fine... except:

Certain apps report (no version information available) on libssl and libcrypto. OpenSSL is still installed according to synaptic package manager and has a list of apps that use it. So if debian ever does want to update that, there will be an issue there.

I also might have left the old libraries somewhere and forgotten which is which and I'd like to make sure that everything is using h and not c.

So, first, how do I see what the version number on the lib is without hexdumping it, what app reads that, because all its named is 0.9.8, not c or h. And second, how do I get rid of "no version information available" messages and where are those coming from. And third, how do I trick the debian package management into uninstalling openssl 0.9.8c and making whatever apps are dependent on it think its really there since I installed the libs separately.

PS: This is somebody having the same problem with something else:
Old 10-30-2008, 04:38 AM   #2
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Whats the difference between the versions?

keep in mind that Debian patches packages, especially if you are running stable version numbers might not match upstream.

$ apt-cache policy openssl
Installed: 0.9.8g-13
Candidate: 0.9.8g-13
Old 10-30-2008, 09:45 PM   #3
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apt-cache policy openssl reports
Installed: 0.9.8c-4etch3
Candidate: 0.9.8c-4etch3
Version table:
*** 0.9.8c-4etch3 0
The difference between the versions is some security patches that may or may not be relevant on my system.

Regardless, its installed and seems to work. As with that PS: link I posted though, it would be handy to know how to deal with library issues like this. So if you know how to pull the library version from the library itself, not debian's info from god knows where, then that would be useful.

As for altering debian's dependent packages... that would be useful information. Just so I could handle updating libssl myself, for instance, and things dependent on libssl would still run/be installable, etc..
Old 11-12-2008, 01:47 AM   #4
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I found this link out there as well as some others with other libraries.

Here's what I don't get. If its a shared library, why can't I upgrade it? I mean if there's a missing symbol, that's different. But "no version information", I don't get that.


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