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Old 02-06-2009, 11:09 PM   #1
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Debian Sarge to Etch Upgrade Problem

I'm finally upgrading my Debian Sarge desktop machine to Etch. Hopefully I'll be done before Lenny is released. I believe I've followed the release notes correctly but am running into a problem when doing aptitude dist-upgrade. My procedure up to this point is as follows:

1. Used aptitude to update sarge packages using the sources.list line below:
#deb sarge main contrib non-free

2. Changed Sources.list file to point to Stable as follows:
deb stable main
deb stable main contrib non-free
deb stable main

3. # aptitude update
4. # aptitude upgrade
5. # aptitude install initrd-tools
6. # aptitude install libfam0 xlibmesa-glu
7. # aptitude dist-upgrade

The dist-upgrade stops due to a dependency problem with the following message:
mozilla-psm: Depends: iceape-browser but it is not installable.

The version of mozilla-psm is 2:1.7.8. iceape is not installed yet. I looked into installing these two packages individually in aptitude but aptitude indicated a very large number of packages would be deleted so I didn't proceed. I found the suggestion to try apt-get dist-upgrade in one of the threads here and experimented with it using the -- simulation as suggested. iceape didn't show up anywhere so I didn't proceed with actually doing these commands. I'm really stuck and afraid I've made quite a mess of my system.
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Thanks for any help.
Old 02-08-2009, 06:30 PM   #2
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It is very unusual that a dist-upgrade to stable doesn't work, but then again, Etch is quite old now and thing might have gone and not sufficiently regression tested.

Have you tried to remove Mozilla before the upgrade, and proceed with the upgrade? At least the installer will not try to do anything with Mozilla.

Once you are finished, try to install IceWeasel after that. Mozilla is not part of Etch, it is IceWeasel because of a copyright matter. IceWeasel is Mozilla just a different logo.



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