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Old 02-19-2003, 08:45 PM   #1
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Uh oh...

Here's the rundown:

I just installed slackware 8.1, and I was trying to install a new version of Gaim and when I did a ./configure, I got the message that I did not have a new enough version of glib, so I installed the newest version, and ran ./configure for gaim again. It still said that I didn't have a new enough version. Then I noticed the message that said I should uninstall the old version of glib before I install a newer one, so I figure I'll uninstall both of them the old one that came with slackware and the one I just installed, and then install the new one again. I ran pkgtool and chose to remove the glibc packages (there were a few, 4 maybe). The uninstall didn't complete because I guess I was installing some critical programs like rm and ls. So I get kicked back out to the command prompt with a bunch of messages like:

/sbin/pkgtool: /bin/rm: No such file or directory

I can still cd and pwd but I can't ls rm or cp. I am currently in x, and I fear restarting because I doubt my system will be able to come back up. I would appreciate any help...Thanks
Old 02-19-2003, 09:23 PM   #2
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I would suggest shutting down if possible. Booting the install CD, mount your root file system and reinstall the packages that were removed.

It might be a little simpler if you could mount the CD while in X and locate the packages on the CD first. So you know the directory to use for pkgtool.

Perhaps you will receive some other suggestions as well.

Good luck.

Some directions might help.

mount /dev/hdd /cdrom
mount /dev/hda1 /mnt
cd /cdrom/slackware/disk_set_desired
pkgtool -source_mounted -target_dir /mnt

Please substitute your cdrom drive for /dev/hdd and your root file system for /dev/hda1.

Last edited by Excalibur; 02-19-2003 at 09:59 PM.
Old 02-19-2003, 11:53 PM   #3
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you should NEVER play with that. In the worst case, just install the whole system on another partition then move everything about glibc to your old. i did it once it saved my ass hehehe
Old 02-21-2003, 08:35 PM   #4
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Remember, Slackware has a package system, and it can be very handy. I would suggest downloading the package for gaim as well as your libraries (gaim can be found at and you can get the most recent libraries from the various Slackware download sites)


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