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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
f41e76cdcfe700052afb6bbfd9f6e67f  texbin-3.1415-5.deb
d9f97dfe993134aa0e7f16294b69433c  mfbin-2.71-4.deb
f84381853dc85159b9613cd3b69eb677  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

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