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Re: How do I finish an install of X?

On Wed, Mar 07, 2001 at 11:20:03AM +1100, Brendan J Simon wrote:
> Peter Cordes wrote:
> > Anyway, now that I've got it installed on my IA32 box (it's got broken deps
> > on powerpc :(, it doesn't seem to ever show anything about recommended or
> > suggested packages, though.  I like how dselect lets you see the raw package
> > info if you want to.  I read the man page and the online help but didn't see
> > anything about it.
> Have you tried "apt-cache show <pkgname>"?
> eg. "apt-cache show apt" or "apt-cache showpkg apt"

 showpkg?  Ahh, so there is an easy way to see the reverse deps of a
package!  Why didn't I find this before :/

 Anyway, I had broken dependencies because I hadn't done a dist-upgrade
since I did an update, and apparently a new version of apt that 
provides: libapt-pkg-libc6.2-3-2-3.1  had been uploaded.  That is needed for
aptitude, but console-apt depends on libapt-pkg2.7, which is not available
in unstable anymore.  (I've got more than one computer, so I can afford to
run unstable on some of them :).  The version of apt in woody provide
libapt-pkg2.7, so I was able to install it on my woody machine.  It's
running sid that's causing the problem, not powerpc.  (My most recent
problems have been due to stuff not being available in powerpc, so my first
assumption was that it was powerpc that was the problem.)
 Aptitude works like a charm on bigfoot (my huge ppc tower:).  It will do
the actual installs now.  Just press "g" to carry out the
installs/upgrades/removals/purges selected.  It puts up a list of what will
be done for comfirmation, like console-apt, but you can make changes on that
list directly, instead of having to remember a list of packages you want to
change something with.

#define X(x,y) x##y
Peter Cordes ;  e-mail: X(peter@llama.nslug. , ns.ca)

"The gods confound the man who first found out how to distinguish the hours!
 Confound him, too, who in this place set up a sundial, to cut and hack
 my day so wretchedly into small pieces!" -- Plautus, 200 BCE

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