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Old 04-22-2006, 09:22 AM   #1
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problem with Debian Sid manpages-dev package

The most recent manpages-dev package in the debian sid repositories wont install on my system.
I get the following error:

E: /var/cache/apt/archives/manpages-dev_2.25-2_all.deb: trying to overwrite `/usr/share/man/man2/create_module.2.gz', which is also in package modutils

Its obvious what the problem is but i was wondering whether anyone has had similar experiences.
Old 04-22-2006, 09:58 AM   #2
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I had exactly that problem. Removed, purged manpages-dev. Haven't missed it yet.
Old 04-22-2006, 09:59 AM   #3
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It's a bug. There are several reports filed, and the devs are trying to decide which package the manpages should actually be in (there are 4 more if you get past this one).

In the meantime, if you just want to install manpages-dev, and don't care about these kernel-module-type pages or which package owns them, you can do this as root:
apt-get -d install manpages-dev
cd /var/cache/apt/archives
dpkg -i --force-overwrite manpages-dev_2.25-2_all.deb
Normally I don't recommend doing this kind of thing, but for something as silly as some manpages, you'll be ok.


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