Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 01-09-2005, 11:38 PM   #1
Registered: Dec 2004
Distribution: Knoppix 3.6
Posts: 135

Rep: Reputation: 15
Package Conflicts

It seems to be a Debian way of life for deb packages to conflict (and thereby not install).

If the conflicting packages are both needed, is there a way to "merge" them nicely (ie unpack the .deb files and manually install their files) ?
Old 01-10-2005, 10:21 AM   #2
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 150

Rep: Reputation: 15
I don't mean to discourage you or anything, but there is very good reason why Debian does not allow conflicting packages. It all comes with the stability of debian, otherwise how different would it be from rpm based distros where you can install everything.. and override the conflicts and then crash the whole system.
I hope you get what I am trying to say. Conflicts create instability and that is not good.

First let us know which packages are causing the conflict. It might be that one of them is old (or may be they are gnome packages.. they never seem to be made right)
if you can, remove the one which is causing the conflict and then try to install the other.
If thats not possible then you definitely have the option of "extracting" files from the package and not "install" it. In which case there is good chance it wont work at all.

So let us know which ones are conflicting and things might get better.

Old 01-10-2005, 08:49 PM   #3
Registered: Dec 2004
Distribution: Knoppix 3.6
Posts: 135

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Actually KDE packages tend to be the ones that get in the way for me, and I prefer KDE to GNOME.

And the instability of RPM distros drove me nuts when I started using Linux.

Rebooting into another distro with another set of software packages works now, and it sounds like it might be the better option anyway.
Old 01-10-2005, 09:11 PM   #4
LQ Guru
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: N. E. England
Distribution: Fedora, CentOS, Debian
Posts: 16,298

Rep: Reputation: 77
I don't know why most Debian users have to have a go at rpm, debs have similar problems to rpm and if rpms are managed properly they don't give you the exaggerated hell that people keep mentioning. Debian tools such as apt are also available for rpm and they work more or less the same.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice on package conflicts? auryx Linux - Newbie 1 10-29-2005 05:17 PM
Package Conflicts with KDE JohnRChick Linux - Software 1 08-24-2004 03:10 AM
package conflicts... Need tips on best way to resolve. trekk Fedora 2 08-13-2004 11:13 PM
Problems with Yast2 regarding conflicts during package installation. nostrum Linux - Newbie 0 07-23-2004 09:01 PM
Cdrecord Package Conflicts harley51 Fedora 2 06-19-2004 12:58 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:10 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration