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Old 02-24-2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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Mandriva 2008 - Need Help

I've been messing around and trying to install checkinstall. I tried to search in the repos that were installed on my computer, but it was saying that some couldn't be installed because it dependied on another package. So I manually searched for that rpm and tried to install it but same error message, then I tried to install that dependancy manually. Eventually, I got some installed but some said that they couldn't install because of a dependency eventhough it was installed.

Then, I found a site on the net that showed me how to install the PLF repo and I did that. Now, I can just use the software installer on the system.

The problem, I can't install CheckInstall. It just says, can't install this package. So... I went to root and tried it there, and this is the error I got:

The following packages can't be installed because they depend on packages
that are older than the installed ones:

I went back to the software manager and tried to uninstall these dependencies but it wouldn't allow it. Any time I tried unchecking gettext-base (for example) it kept wanting to install it.

Can someone tell me why I can't install CheckInstall please??
Old 02-25-2008, 12:03 AM   #2
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Because it's Mandriva? Seriously, this is what I consider to be its weakest spot: the endless dependency issues that it will give you. Trust me, you haven't seen anything yet. If you do a couple of updates over the next weeks, chances are good that these issues will be all over the place. It's really sad because I have always liked Mandriva and everytime a new release comes out, I just have to install it. But then two or three weeks later I give up because it has turned into a morass of dependeny issues...
Old 02-25-2008, 12:04 AM   #3
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install these one at a time thru the mandriva control center.

- automake-1.10-2mdv2008.0.noarch
- elfutils-0.128-1mdv2008.0.i586
- gettext-0.16.1-4mdv2008.0.i586
- libgettextmisc-0.16.1-4mdv2008.0.i586
- libgomp1-4.2.2-3.1mdv2008.0.i586
- libtool-base-1.5.22-3mdv2008.0.i586
- rpm-build-4.4.8-22mdv2008.0.i586
- rpm-mandriva-setup-build-1.63-1mdv2008.0.i586
- spec-helper-0.27.2-1mdv2008.0.noarch

normally, mdv installs the dependencies then the last file....but somehow you may have a glitch

do not give up....write notes on what is installed what fails and retry each one as eventually you will get there.
Old 02-25-2008, 12:07 AM   #4
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I should search for one file at a see on my list what you have already and what you need....then install attempt only one file at a time

Jay I have never had dependency hell....but I tend to build my sytem very well and altho I need KDE I backup with partimage so can get out of any situation.
Old 02-25-2008, 09:46 PM   #5
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Thanks so much!

I did as you instructed ans was able to install CheckInstall after without a problem.

Question: When installing packages, should I always only do one at a time, or is it okay to do multiple?

Also: Now that I have that setup, I would like to configure to be a lot more like windows. My wife uses my computer a lot and she is technologically challeged. So, I have to make it as similar to windows as possible. Can you tell me how to do the following:

1. I would like to change the image for the K Menu (Start Menu). I know it can be done because I have seen screenshots of KDE with a different image there.

2. I would like to make it so that when I move a window, it doesn't move the contents of the window, it just moves the border until it is placed. My computer is a P4 1.8 with 256MB (laptop) and just doesn't have enough power for that fancy stuff.

3. I somehow added a menu at the top of my desktop (similar to a quick launch bar). I've put some application shortcuts there but there is "File", "Sessions", "New", "Bookmarks", etc. I would like just the quick launch bar and none of the other stuff. Then, if possible, I would like the menu to Auto-Hide and Auto-Show when I hover over it.

Any help is appreciated.


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