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Old 09-25-2005, 01:41 PM   #1
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APT::Force-LoopBreak option

I am trying to perform a apt-get dist upgrade under colinux 2.6.10 using debian, but it wont let me! I keep getting this error:

E: This installation run will require temporarily removing the essential package
e2fsprogs due to a Conflicts/Pre-Depends loop. This is often bad, but if you re
ally want to do it, activate the APT::Force-LoopBreak option.
E: Internal Error, Could not early remove e2fsprogs

I have tried this I found on a google search, but no avail:
apt-get -u -o=APT::Force-LoopBreak=true upgrade

so I altered the forceloopbreak back to false, because I heard it was bad, Can anyone give me help on get past this step? Also can anyone explain to me what the APT::Force-LoopBreak option does and is used for? Thanks in advance
Old 09-26-2005, 03:47 AM   #2
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My Woody -> Sarge upgrade doc states the APT::Force-LoopBreak should be;

apt-get -u -o APT::Force-LoopBreak=1

Last edited by TigerOC; 09-26-2005 at 03:49 AM.
Old 10-18-2005, 02:25 PM   #3
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I get the exact same message using synaptic to install webmin-samba... on debian 2.6.7 (Armada 7400).. what could happen?

The man page for apt.conf says ' ...-really- know what you are
doing...' but I don't know... would the file system be dismantled?
It's running ext3 on an Hitachi 80 Gig..


Old 10-18-2005, 10:01 PM   #4
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To tell you the truth I wouldn't know, but hey trial and error is the only way to learn
Old 10-19-2005, 12:41 PM   #5
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So, you did it by forcing the 'early remove' and it was successful?

Okay, I'll try that too.. but first I'll make a rescue floppy or 2 (;
Old 10-28-2005, 06:03 AM   #6
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tested on two of my machines with the same issue:

dpkg --remove --force-all e2fsprogs

then start aptitude
find e2fsprogs

make SURE it will be installed

Don't restart before being sure e2fsprogs is installed.

have fun. :-)
Try on your own risk. (as usual)
Old 10-31-2005, 12:46 AM   #7
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thanks guys.. FWIW: I used the following command:
apt-get -o APT::Force-LoopBreak=1 install webmin-samba

after doing mkrescue (I had to use old 2.4.26 vmlinuz as
the 2.6.7 one is over 1.44Mbytes..)

but the ISP didn't go down, and the wi-fi didn't interrupt and
all is well..

and then I ran aptitude and checked that e2fsprogs was at
status i (I now have version 1.38-2).

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apt-get -o APT::Force-LoopBreak=yes install e2fsprogs
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Last edited by nicknack; 11-12-2005 at 12:09 AM.


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