On Thursday 20 March 2008, Sami Liedes wrote: > I don't know if there's any previous work on this, but since I as a > sid user often see conflicts in packages, and I've seen those on > numerous oldstable->stable upgrades, I thought something could be done > about it. Actually, most often oldstable->stable updates seem to me to > have been more like iterative processes, rerun dist-upgrade until no > errors. > > So I wrote a script to get a list of packages with identically > named files from the apt-file database and to run `apt-get --dry-run > install' for each pair of these potentially conflicting packages to > see if apt can find a way to install both of them at the same time. Oddly enough, I just whipped up a similar script  for finding conflicts between kde3 and kde4 packages. Instead of finding any conflicts between all packages in a Contents-*.gz file, it finds any conflicts between a single package and the any of the available apt-file lists. It's quite stupid as it doesn't bother to check for existing Conflicts or Replaces entries, and it uses apt-file VERY inefficiently. Perhaps these two scripts could be combined into something genuinely useful.  http://mrk.homelinux.net/hack/debian/pkg-test/findconflicts.sh
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