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Re: Potato to Woody dist-upgrade problems

On Sun, Jan 20, 2002 at 07:11:09PM -0500, Dale Scheetz wrote:
> xserver-svga: Doesn't configure properly on upgrade,

This statement is hopelessly vague.  If xserver-svga worked in potato,
it should continue to work in woody.  You can, of course, refuse to
permit debconf to manage your server config file and there really will
be no difference.

Keep in mind that the latest version of xserver-svga is not yet in
testing.  Try -44 to see what I'm talking about.

> and should be replaced by xserver-xfree86.

Not necessarily.  Read:


for the beginnings of an understanding why.

> When you install xserver-sfree86, the debconf scripts are able to
> create a XF86Configure file that works.

Glad to hear it.  This should work for the version 3 X server packages
as well.  Remember, use -44.

> xfonts-100dpi and xfonts-75dpi: are removed, but their replacement
> package, xfonts-base,

xfonts-base is in NO way a replacement for -100dpi and -75dpi.  All
three packages continue to exist in woody.

> is not installed. This causes the "fixed" fonts to not be found. Some
> form of server dependency would fix this one.

Wrong.  The X server does not depend on locally installed fonts.  Read
the package description, read the Debian X FAQ, read 1000 mails I've
sent on this issue over the years.  Your ignorance of TCP font service
does not render the facility non-existent.

In any event, people who don't want to trouble themselves with
understanding things like font service can install one or both of a pair
of meta-packages to make things Just Work(tm):


Looking up the package descriptions for these meta-packages is left as
an exercise for the reader.  (Hint: it involves "apt-cache show".)

> Principle tools needed by either wdm, or wmaker, (I haven't figured out
> which) are provided by xbase-clients, which is not installed during the
> dist-upgrade...

FYI, I upgraded a stock potato box (2.2r5) to woody just last week using
dist-upgrade and managed to not lose xbase-clients.

> At least one of these problems (xfonts-base) can be fixed with a depends
> in the right place.

Hammurabi, think again!

> My current question is: How much of this is going to be fixed in the final
> release, and how much should I discuss in my book?

You should probably develop a greater command of the facts before
dispensing bad advice in your book.

G. Branden Robinson                |      We either learn from history or,
Debian GNU/Linux                   |      uh, well, something bad will
branden@debian.org                 |      happen.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |      -- Bob Church

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