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Old 02-18-2004, 11:27 AM   #1
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Rat's that's the last thing I needed. After attempting to update to KDE 3.2 - by following the instructions to do so suggested by someone on this site - and in the end still only ending up with KDE 3.1.95 (rc1) - I tried to update Koffice as Kwrite no longer seemed to be working - but for some inexplicable reason it failed and the install process quit with an error message about something to do with dmesg returning an error code of 1.

At the time I thought it was a bit of a pain in the butt, but nothing major. However I needed to run kedit too and some other KOffice apps so I wasn't madly happy. It also mentioned something about some unsolved dependancies or other - which I thought was a bit nuts, due to Debian's apparently legednary ability to solve dependancy issues.

In any case I decided I would try updating some other software, but I quickly found that apt-get wouldn't let me until I figured out a way to resolve the dependency conflit it had spat out when installing KOffice.

Now everythime I try to install anything I just get a crazy error message saying:

reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
koffice-libs: Depends: koffice-data (= 1:1.3.0-1) but it is not going to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).
If I try to do apt-get -t insall unstable koffice-data all I get is:

apt-get install -t unstable koffice-data
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Suggested packages:
Recommended packages:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
11 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B/689kB of archives.
After unpacking 2892kB of additional disk space will be used.
WARNING: The following packages cannot be securely authenticated!
Abort? Y/n n
(Reading database ... 103123 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking koffice-data (from .../koffice-data_1%3a1.3.0-1_all.deb) ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/koffice-data_1%3a1.3.0-1_all.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite `/usr/share/mimelnk/application/x-magicpoint.desktop', which is also in package kdelibs-data
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
What is the deal? I thought Debian could handle all this without making any destructive changes to itself? Even if I do apt-get -f install on its own I still get the same message.

This is exactly the reason I left Gentoo, because more often than not, this kind of package management seems to break more than it fixes.

Except for this - and not being able to configure my kernel since none of the kernel configuration tools work (xconfig, menuconfig, gconfig) my Mepis Linux install is running smoothly. How do I get back on top and fix these problems and prevent these issues from happening again?

Old 02-18-2004, 01:36 PM   #2
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I suppose apt-get and package managers are very convenient, when they work. I don't use them, myself, since they make for more things to go wrong. I download the source files, read the READMEs to find out about dependencies, look at the output of ./configure, sometimes look at config.log to see what tests failed. I just feel that I have more of a grip on things doing it this way.


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