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Old 06-07-2005, 12:48 AM   #1
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Problem with dpkg error 1, processing xfree86-common

i cant apt-get any package any more, dpkg returns error code 1
here is the exact output, im typing it word for word so hopefully i wont mistype ;p
Setting up xfree86-common (6.8.2-10) ..
update-rc.d: /etc/init.d/xfree86-common exists during rc.d purge (use -f to force)
dpkg: error processing xfree86-common (--configure):
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)

this was after adding an ubuntu deb line so i could apt-get xserver-xorg, any help would be greatly appericated.

thanks in advance.
Old 06-08-2005, 12:50 AM   #2
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You could try renaming /etc/init.d/xfree86-common to xfree86-common.bak or something like that. If that seems to help, you can then remove the renamed file if you think you won't need it anymore. If you remove it from /etc/init.d/, make sure that there aren't any symbolic links left in /etc/rc{1-6, S}.d/ pointing to the removed script.

Ubuntu packages are not fully compatible with Debian packages because Ubuntu rebuilds all its .debs, even if they use the same sources than Debian. And Ubuntu packages are often built against different library versions than Debian packages, which creates dependency problems and it can make apt to break when you try to use Ubuntu's packages in Debian or vice versa.

If you want to use Ubuntu's, I'd recommend installing Ubuntu instead of mixing packages between Debian and Ubuntu. Or you can wait a bit and get Debian's own build of Now that Sarge has been released, things start to move faster also in Debian. For example, I just read that Debian is currently moving Gnome 2.10 packages from "experimental" to "unstable".
Old 06-08-2005, 03:28 PM   #3
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I don't think that mixing packages form Debian und Ubuntu ist a very good idea...
But maybe these links can help you:

I'd recommend to wait until ist available for Debian.

Anyway, good luck!
Old 06-08-2005, 05:33 PM   #4
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thanks for all the great replies, i managed to fix it, using aptitude i was able to remove packages and see their affects, somehow i got it to work, not sure removed stuff here added stuff there, then there were no broken packages, thanks alot for all the great responses!


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