Re: Debian woes
On Sun, 15 Jun 1997, Tim O'Brien wrote:
> It looked like it might work, but it crapped out big-time when it cam time
> to install X. In fact, errors to the degree that there were missing links,
> and xf86config couldn't run.
> I've used debian before, and it worked great! I like it! Is there something
> I've done wrong? All I did was a new install...
I can offer several suggestions...
I did about 5 installs from scratch during pre-release testing with
varying degrees of smoothness. However, I was always able to complete the
installation. Here is what I have found:
1. Depending on which packages are chosen, the order of installation will
be different, resulting in different degrees of success satisfying
dpendencies. When the X installation is attempted along with the
"standard" installation the order of installation causes dependency
failures. The most important of which is that, because of missing
libraries, the configuration programs will not execute successfully. There
are two solutions to this:
A. After a failed intallation pass with dselect, make a
"configure" pass followed by another installation pass. Repeat
until all packages successfully install.
B. Install the "standard" packages in one run, and the X packages
only after the standard installation is complete.
The second method (B) provides a smoother installation path and is the
Method A is the "proven method" for dealing with dependency ordering
problems in dselect. At times the error messages look un-recoverable, but
succeeding passes will eventually resolve the problems and allow complete
installation. Simply have faith and keep plugging. (Note: if the same
error occurs over and over even after several passes, and is the only
error occuring, then there is a "real" problem with that package that
should be asked about on the list.
2. Several X packages have "hidden" dependencies on other packages, so it
is possible to select a set of packages that dselect thinks are fine but
where there is actually a dependence on a package not yet selected. My
testing experience produced the following list:
xbase Basic X programs
xserver-vga16 Configuration server
xserver-<your choice> Operational server
xfntbase Basic Font set
xlib6 Library provided in "standard"
Some Window Manager:
fvwm2 A window manager
xpm4.7 Pixmap runtime libraries
fvwm-common Files common to fvwm2 and fvwm
xloadimage A suggested graphics viewer
xfnt100 100dpi fonts
xfnt75 75dpi fonts
xfntbig Large fonts
xfntcyr Cyrillic fonts
xfntil2 ISO 8859-2 fonts
xfntpex Pex minimal font support
xfntscl Scalable fonts
Available Window Managers in Debian 1.3
9wm Plan 9 Window Manager
afterstep NextStep look and feel WM
ctwm Claud's Tab WM
fvwm F Virtual WM
fvwm2 F2 VWM
fvwm95 F VWM with Win95 look and feel
gwm Generic WM
olvwm OpenLook VWM
wm2 Small unconfigurable WM
Many of the "hidden" dependencies are being worked out for the 1.3.1
release, and this should make X easier to install.
Hope this is of some help,
aka Dale Scheetz Phone: 1 (904) 656-9769
Flexible Software 11000 McCrackin Road
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- From: "Tim O'Brien" <tjobrien@Traveller.COM>