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Old 08-06-2004, 09:53 AM   #1
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Serious problem with apt-get dist-upgrade - encoutered fatal errors while upgrading!

After downloading all packages to upgrade from Debian GNU/Linux 3.0r2 "woody" to currently "testing" distribution "sarge" I get following massages:

(Reading database ... 141330 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace login 20000902-12 (using .../login_1%3a4.0.3-30_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement login ...
Replacing files in old package manpages-ja ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/login_1%3a4.0.3-30_i386.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite `/usr/share/man/ko/man1/login.1.gz', which is also in package manpages-ko
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
I tried bypass installation of login by renaming its .deb file and using apt-get dist-upgrade -m command. Installation of upgrades end with same error, but with another package passwd:

Preparing to replace screen 3.9.11-5 (using .../screen_4.0.2-3_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement screen ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
I can try bypass installation of passwd too but there probably something wrong, so I wish to resolve this problem without bypassing installation of these packages. Any ideas why I get this error?...
Old 08-06-2004, 11:11 AM   #2
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assuming you did everything RIGHT during the dist-upgrade, it could be a bug for those 2 packages in sarge, check the BTS, (bug tracking system) at
Old 08-06-2004, 11:19 AM   #3
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You can try:
apt-get -f install
and re-do the upgrade. If you get the same error, you can try:
dpkg --force-overwrite -i /var/cache/apt/archives/login_1%3a4.0.3-30_i386.deb
to force the install to overwrite the file.
Old 08-06-2004, 02:22 PM   #4
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And do not forget dpkg --configure -a to make sure that any packages that were left unconfigured when the error happened get setup.


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