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Re: dpkg problems...

On (14/02/05 12:48), vze26m98 wrote:
> Sorry to bother, but I'm a fairly new user and have dug myself into a
> hole and my searches of the Debian lists haven't turned up what I'm
> needing.
> Recently did an install of Woody on a Pismo, things have been fine.
> Added the Debian testing distributions to my sources.list.  Got a
> zillion things to upgrade, which I started in on.
> deselect warned me about quitting xdm when it started to install glibc
> (I think that was the name).  I quit and tried to stop xdm.  Eventually
> figured that out.
> Re-ran dselect to return to the install process, but it stopped again on
> the xfs install, which (if I remember) said it was broken.  I accepted
> the choice to continue.
> dselect eventually gave up, saying that dpkg-preconfigure didn't exist,
> which was true.
> I now have dselect telling me that I've got 37 packages to upgrade, but
> nothing happens.  The upgrade clearly isn't complete, as I can type "man
> dpkg-preconfigure" and it can't find man.
> So:
> What's the easiest way to get out of my trouble?  Can I get back to a
> stable distro or throw out a package database and start over?
> Any info greatly appreciated, and thanks to all that have made LinucPPC
> so great!
You could try as  root or sudo:
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

FWIW I use aptitude (others stick to dselect) - I've had no problems
maintaining and upgrading woody, sarge and sid installations.  Which
ever, method you switch to, it's best to stick with it.



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