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Old 05-17-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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updating libc6 w/o upgrading

I run Etch. Yes, it's oldstable, but Lenny and Squeeze annoy the heck out of me. However, I'm trying to install the latest version (5.1) of Google Earth, but it requires >=glibc-2.4. Etch only offers 2.3.something. The earlier version of GE I have (4.3) does work, but is apparently no longer supported by Google as it fails to connect every time I fire it up. I found Lenny does have the required libc6 version. Can I update the libc6 packages by installing them directly (separately downloaded packages) or do I get the dependency hell that I want to avoid? Pointers are welcome!
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You get hell.
Old 05-17-2010, 09:02 PM   #3
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You get worse than hell. libc6 is a required package, damn near every other package depends on it in one way or another.

Come play in the pool with the big kids, install Sid.
Old 05-17-2010, 09:57 PM   #4
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Just as I thought... Thx chaps, much appreciated warning

@craigevil: if I dislike Lenny and Squeeze, what's the odds for me liking Sid Major reasons for my disliking said releases is the rubbish that is Grub2 and the ever increasing dependencies of basic core-apps to completely irrelevant auxiliary features.... One of my pet-hates is the dependency-chain of gnome-core to the 'energy-saving' stuff, shutting off the screen while watching a DVD not in full screen mode. I just can't remove the lib that makes this happen, it chain-depends gnome-core with it... It's so bad I even contemplated re-compiling Gnome from scratch, just to get it out! Frankly, I suspect the present Sid will be even worse in that respect, once released...

Anyway, thanks again chaps!
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Just to re-itterate about the dependency stuff going over the top: I decided to have a look at the control files of the libc6 package in Lenny. After following several dependencies I found that the libmpfr1ldbl package is listed as a dependency by cpp-4.3, but in the control file for the libmpfr1ldbl package it's listed as optional! Same goes for the libgmp3c2 package, equally required by cpp-4.3, but marked optional in it's control file... But I might be missing something?


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