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Old 01-13-2005, 01:33 PM   #1
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Weird circular apt install problem

I'm trying to install the latest version of gnucash of my Sid system. This is what happens:

apt-get -u install gnucash

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
gnucash: Depends: gnucash-common (>= 1.8.9-4) but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages

OK. So I do:

apt-get -u install gnucash-common
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
gnucash-common: Depends: gnucash (>= 1.8.10-2) but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages

What's going on? It's a circle of dependency.

Any help would be appreciated.
Old 01-14-2005, 01:00 PM   #2
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It looks like you are being stung by a version mismatch. The version of gnucash for every architecture but powerpc is 1.8.9-4. However, the version of gnucash-common (for all arches) is 1.8.10-2 . Unless you are using powerpc, there is currently no version of gnucash you can install in the unstable archives.

Here are your options: you can wait and hope the situation sorts itself out. I do not see the version mismatch listed as a bug on the Debian Bug Tracking System, but I am not sure whether this should be reported as a bug or not.

Alternatively, you can use the version of gnucash available in testing. The dependencies there are consistent. To do this you may want to use "apt pinning" to prefer the testing versions of gnucash and gnucash-common. (There may be other ways to do this as well. I don't know of the details for any of these, but the APT HOWTO document should help.)

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Old 01-14-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. I added the testing sources, apt-get updated, then used:

apt-get -u -t testing install gnucash.

(I didn't do any pinning.)
It installed both of the packages without a hitch.

Thanks again. I always get confused with dependency issues.



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