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Re: How to repaira broken system with non-Debian packages?


On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 08:28:08PM +0200, dr_a_stammler@yahoo.co.uk wrote:
> I was careless enough to update from Etch to Lenny without completely
> removing all non-Debian packages, mostly from:
> [..]
> It seems I was rather careless installing packages from so many
> sources. I was desperately looking for new versions of VIM, Lyx. VLC,
> Transcode &c., which I needed for my job. It also seems that Lenny
> includes many more things than Etch did.
> But now only parts of my system work, others don't, usually because of incompatible
> libraries from non-Debian sources. Unfortunately this is just conjecture because I don't
> know how to find out why certain programs do not work and where my packages were
> downloaded from.

Please note that debian-doc is maybe not the better list to ask for help
(this list is about writting / improving documentation), see
http://debian.org/support and debian-user list.

We can advise you to read the release-notes, see

> And this is my --- rather urgent --- question: using "dpkg -l" it is easy enough to get a
> list of all installed packages. But:
>   How do I find out which repository they came from so I can remove
>   the incompatible ones and reinstall the packages that depend on
>   them, so that the compatible libraries from Lenny would be pulled in?

Try apt-show-versions
However, we may add such a question to
> I can't even get Bluetooth support working, and I hope I won't have to
> wipe the darddisk and start from scratch.

Make sure you have updated the kernel and the relevant module is loaded.
I suggest you ask on a support list.

Best regards.

Simon Paillard

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