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Re: Bug#540939: upgrade has broken several packages: gcj-4.4-jre-headless cannot be configured

On 10.08.2009 23:55, Graham Cobb wrote:
Package: gcj-4.4-jre-headless
Version: 4.4.1-1
Severity: important

Doing 'aptitude safe-upgrade' on my squeeze system has resulted in
gcj-4.4-jre-headless being unable to be configured.  The aptitude error is:

Setting up gcj-4.4-jre-headless (4.4.1-1) ...
update-alternatives: error: alternative rmiregistry can't be master: it is a slave of java
dpkg: error processing gcj-4.4-jre-headless (--configure):
  subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2

This problem then causes several other packages to not be configurable
because they have dependency on gcj-4.4-jre-headless.

These broken packages are causing other problems and I cannot remove them
without uninstalling important packages like openoffice.

the recent dpkg doesn't allow mixed master/slave alternatives anymore. Not sure how dpkg deals with this when a user has such packages installed, and then upgrades to the new dpkg.

the only "fix" I can think of would be adding conflicts to every package listing rmiregistry et al as a slave alternative. But I don't know these packages, so it's likely that we close this report as a won't fix.


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