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Bug#153920: Bug upgrading from 2.2r6 to 3.0 with data-dumper installed

Package: dpkg
Version: 1.6.15

I'm upgrading from Debian 2.2r6 to 3.0.  I have the following packages
installed: perl-5.005-base, version 5.005.03-7.1; and perl-5.005,
version 5.005.03-7.1.

When I try to upgrade to the latest version of perl included with 3.0,
the following error message is printed by dpkg:
dpkg: considering removing perl-5.005-base in favour of perl-base ...
dpkg: yes, will remove perl-5.005-base in favour of perl-base.
dpkg: regarding .../perl-base_5.6.1-7_i386.deb containing perl-base:
 perl-base conflicts with data-dumper
  perl-5.005 provides data-dumper and is installed.
dpkg: error processing debian/pool/main/p/perl/perl-base_5.6.1-7_i386.deb (--install):
 conflicting packages - not installing perl-base
Errors were encountered while processing:

dpkg then gets in an infinite loop (at least several hours anyway...)
repeating the same message over and over again.

I would think dpkg would either be able to detect the problem and quit
(at worst), detect the problem and then continue (OK), or figure out
that perl-5.005 also needs to be uninstalled and will be replaced
later in the install process (at best).

I have not yet been able to find a way around the problem.  I think
forcing the removal of perl-5.005 will solve the problem in the short

Please contact me for any questions not answered here.

John Larkin

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