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Old 01-02-2004, 01:35 PM   #1
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Angry apt-get/Synaptic problem ("duplicate files")


I use apt-get (the back-end) and Synaptic (the front-end) to update and install my software on Fedora core 1#.

Anyway, Every other time I load Synaptic, I get this increasingly annoying screen that pops up telling me that I have duplicate files. The more duplicates I uninstall and then upgrade, the MORE I end up with and it becomes a never-ending cycle.

Is there some way of disabling this screen (a strp-by-step EASY way) or is this some sort of bug?. Better yet, I don't want to simply hide the error messages - I'd rather fix it the right way if this is possible.

Thank's (this has driven me nearly mad...ahhhhh!!!)

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Old 01-02-2004, 06:19 PM   #2
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Old 01-03-2004, 01:29 AM   #3
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This is a time consuming way to do it but it worked for me when I was having problems. First off if you can read the one screen copy down the names of all the duplicate file that apt is finding. I highlighted them all and then pasted the text into gedit and print out a copy.

Now for the time consuming part look at the list and find the names of the packages and remove the newest packages, they could possibly be corrupted to do this:

rpm -qa | grep nameofrpm(don't have to include the version number)
then find the newest version number in the list that comes up
rpm -e (fullname of rpm as what appeared after the rpm -qa)
and then continue to the next rpm on your list.

Once you are done you should be able to go into synaptic and upgrade the packages, hopefully with no further problems

Let me know how it goes
Old 01-03-2004, 09:57 AM   #4
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Hi JayCnrs

Thank's bud. Yeah, that is exactly how I have been doing it myself and you are is very time consuming. Well, I'll just keep deleting/upgrading until that screen goes away I guess


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