dpkg error messages [was: dselect and apt-get error messages]
On Tue, Oct 29, 2002 at 05:25:31PM +0100, Simon Pepping wrote:
> I am trying to upgrade from potato to woody. I get the following error
> - When I use dselect: Couldn't perform immediate configuration
> - When I use apt-get install dpkg apt debconf: Couldn't configure a
> I am running woody, with these versions:
> ii apt 0.3.19 Advanced front-end for dpkg
> ii dpkg 1.6.14 Package maintenance system for Debian
> ii debconf 0.2.80.16 Debian configuration management system
> dkpg --audit shows no problems in the current system.
> What do these error message indicate, and how can I continue?
Well, not a single helpful hint received.
I did find a workaround myself. It appears that these error messages
are invoked when there is a problem with one of the package files. In
my case, one of the CD-ROMs of woody, the 'Unofficial Extras' CD-ROM,
caused 'apt-cdrom add' to write a weird source line in the
sources.list. When I left that CD out, upgrading went well.
I believe a similar error can be invoked when you create a local
repository without a Package file. In that case dselect Update does
give an error message, but when you ignore it and do Select and
Install, a similar error message is shown.
Such errors should be caught with a clearer error message, telling one
how the problem can be solved.