Re: Unanswered dpkg problem...
Bill> Hi - I still waiting for a simple fix to the dpkg problem where in
Bill> various .deb packages are not recognized as a debian archive. The
Bill> most notable packages have been texbin, mfbin and mflib. Obviously,
Bill> there has been some change to the .deb format, which dpkg does not
Bill> recognize (although it is version 1.1.16elf). It should not be all
Bill> that difficult to produce a package management program which will be
Bill> able to read one's own package format!
Slowly, slowly, my friend. You are making some unwarranted claims.
On my box, the latest dpkg (1.1.6elf) has a absolutely no problem dealing
with these three files, I with no problem whatsoever checked their
description (dpkg -f), content (dpkg -c) and even (re-)installed them:
miles:/mirror/debian/unstable/binary-i386/tex [root] # dpkg -i texbin-3.1415-5.deb mfbin-2.71-4.deb mflib-1.0-5.deb
(Reading database ... 16851 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace texbin (using texbin-3.1415-5.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement texbin ...
Preparing to replace mfbin (using mfbin-2.71-4.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement mfbin ...
Preparing to replace mflib (using mflib-1.0-5.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement mflib ...
Setting up mflib ...
Setting up mfbin ...
Setting up texbin ...
Bill> At any rate, if I don't get an answer soon I will have to delete the
Bill> Debian installation. There's no use trying out a system in which its
Bill> own packages are not recognizable to itself.
Why don't you compare the md5sum output from your files with the one from
mine? I suspect something as trivial as transmissions error:
miles:/mirror/debian/unstable/binary-i386/tex [root] # md5sum texbin-3.1415-5.deb mfbin-2.71-4.deb mflib-1.0-5.deb
miles:/mirror/debian/unstable/binary-i386/tex [root] # ls -l texbin-3.1415-5.deb mfbin-2.71-4.deb mflib-1.0-5.deb
-r--r--r-- 1 edd edd 406900 Apr 18 18:42 mfbin-2.71-4.deb
-r--r--r-- 1 edd edd 38957 Mar 7 09:25 mflib-1.0-5.deb
-r--r--r-- 1 edd edd 303638 Apr 18 18:42 texbin-3.1415-5.deb
Dirk Eddelb"uttel http://qed.econ.queensu.ca/~edd