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flebber 04-16-2013 07:45 PM

Revert KDE experimental to Testing
I upgraded my kde testing to 4.10.2 but would like to go back to the standard testing version I was using.

But how do I go backwards?

I commented out the siduction repo I used to upgrade.

# deb unstable main
But obviously upgrade doesn't work. But neither did reinstall but it doesn't see kde as installed.

sayth@sayth ~/Downloads $ sudo aptitude reinstall kde
kde is not currently installed, so it will not be reinstalled.
kde is not currently installed, so it will not be reinstalled.
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B of archives. After unpacking 0 B will be used.

jlinkels 04-16-2013 07:58 PM

It is not recommended to upgrade to something less stable and then want to go back. For a single package you might get away with it. But KDE pulls in 1456 dependencies.

You could try to uninstall KDE, including all dependencies. Hopefully you will be left with SSH, network and aptitude, but I would not be surprised when not. If not you have to ... reinstall. If so, be prepared to re-install a lot of packages which are not related with KDE. But since all config files were kept the biggest problem is to remember what you need.

You might also have to delete ~/.kde as usually KDE config does not survive version changes. (Heck, it doesn't even survive using the same version, even when you do not re-install)


flebber 04-16-2013 08:11 PM

or I can wait, its not really buggy at all, just one or two small things when trying to build homerun and fav icons packages. Where there seems to be an error in KDE configs

-- Found the KDE4 kconfig_compiler preprocessor: /usr/bin/kconfig_compiler
-- Found automoc4: /usr/bin/automoc4
CMake Error at /usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindPackageHandleStandardArgs.cmake:97 (MESSAGE):
  Could NOT find KDE4Workspace (missing: KDE4Workspace_CONFIG)
Call Stack (most recent call first):
  /usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindPackageHandleStandardArgs.cmake:288 (_FPHSA_FAILURE_MESSAGE)
  /usr/share/kde4/apps/cmake/modules/FindKDE4Workspace.cmake:70 (find_package_handle_standard_args)
  CMakeLists.txt:28 (find_package)

Guess I will just be patient then keep the siduction repo disabled for the moment and when freeze is over it will probably be in unstable with updates.

cynwulf 04-17-2013 09:06 AM

A downgrade will be extremely messy and time consuming, but you should not need to reinstall Debian...

Purge KDE and it's dependencies, then install a basic window manager (if you haven't already), startx and fire up synaptic (a program I would not normally recommend) and sort packages by origin. Then select all of those remaining packages from that repo and purge the lot.



$ aptitude search '~i ?origin(name_of_siduction_repo)'
I've no idea what the specific siduction repo is called, perhaps "kdenext"?

(The results of "apt-cache policy" will show this anyway.)

The command should show everything you have installed from that siduction repo and if you're confident you can purge the lot.

Once you're done:


$ apt-get clean && apt-get update
Then reinstall KDE from testing.

Personally I don't see any difference between any of the KDE's after 4.5.x'ish except the desktop wallpaper...... what problems are you having which makes you want to downgrade?

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