Re: Koffice bug - still open?
> > A packaging problem. I did a `dpkg -i --force-overwrite
> This is the Wrong Thing(tm) to do. Any kind of --force-* is
> Nasty(tm) in a stable distribution (with development
> distributions it is OK and, AFAIK, the default).
Hi. Firstly, let me say that with the 0404 packages, you can use
--force-overwrite and no harm will come to you, _as_long_as_ you upgrade
koffice-libs *first*. The problem is that the old koffice-libs contains lots
of man pages that link to undocumented. The newer (0404) binary packages
each contain their own real (albeit minimal) man pages and I forgot some
conflicts lines (*blush*), hence the clash.
Yes, --force-* is wrong for a stable distribution. However, the packages on
kde.debian.net are *not* stable. This is one of many reasons they're on
kde.debian.net and not ftp.debian.org. They're the unstable packages ported
to potato so that potato users can have the benefit of using them, which
means they're even *more* unstable than the unstable packages - there is an
extra place for things to screw up (namely the backporting from sid to
Now all of this being said, there are currently beta1-2 packages in sid that
should resolve all of the nasty conflicts you are all finding with the 0404
packages. Once these are backported to potato, hopefully everything will
install cleanly and everyone will be happier. :)
Ben Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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