Re: Dselect stops and repeats unpacking of packages
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On Fri, 19 Dec 1997, Robert D. Hilliard wrote:
> While testing the upgrading of rex to hamm I have discovered
> several problems or possible bugs. I will post each of these as
> separate messages, and ask if anyone else has encountered them, and if
> they should be reported as bugs.
> During the installation, dselect stopped with the following
> "dpkg: too many errors, stopping", followed by a list of packages that
> had installation errors.
> The errors dselect complained about were primarily dependency
> problems related to the package ordering. These are routine in
> dselect, and I have never before seen dselect stop because of them.
Since rex and hamm are so "different", and since dpkg doesn't order
the packages right yet, I would suggest to "help" dpkg a little bit.
I would try upgrading by following the libc6 miniHOWTO.
> After (I)nstall was re-started, it displayed the usual message
> "Running dpkg -iGROEB", but it acted as if the -E option was not in
> effect in many cases. There were 218 instances similar to the
> "Preparing to replace smail 220.127.116.11-1 (using
> .../mail/smail_18.104.22.168-1.deb) ..
> Unpacking replacement smail ..."
> and 81 instances similar to the following:
> "Version 5.004.04-3 of perl already installed, skipping."
> Although the packages were unpacked a second time in 218
> instances, none of the questions regarding keeping or replacing
> confiles were repeated this time.
I think this is normal. Probably the packages were half-installed and it
tried a second time.
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