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Re: How bad is --force-remove-reinstreq

Ian Jackson wrote:
> Martijn van Oosterhout writes ("How bad is --force-remove-reinstreq"):
> > I have a system on which pcmcia-cs is marked as half-installed/needing
> > reinstallation. The system doesn't use pcmcia. Because of this error,
> > apt refuses to work because it doesn't know where pcmcia-cs comes
> > from.
> >
> > So the choices are to manually download all the required packages to
> > create pcmcia-cs (the source isn't on this machine) only to immediately
> > uninstall them, or
> >
> > use --force-remove-reinstreq...
> If you don't have the exact same version that broke then you probably
> suffer the bad effects of that --force anyway, which are (primarily)
> that the abortive installation might leave leftover files behind.

Aha! I can live with that. But the "serious damage to your package
system" eluded to in the documentation is thus really not so bad
in this case.

As long as dpkg and apt keep working...
Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog@cupid.suninternet.com>

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