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Re: 2 rather strange issues on my sparc running 'testing'


I am currently running "stable".  It says in the banner GNU/Linux 2.2. 
My uname info is as follows:

Linux pluto 2.2.19 #1 Mon Apr 2 13:29:46 EDT 2001 sparc unknown

I reinstalled the box this morning, because apt began seg-faulting
whenever it was run.  I am still having the same problems, both with vi
and with dpkg.

I am going to try and get a newer version of dpkg over the network, and
see if I install it manually it will change anything.  But as it stands,
I am still having problems.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.

Chris Mutchler

Linux defcon4 2.4.18 #10 Fri Mar 15 11:40:12 GMT 2002 i686 unknown

On Wed, 2002-05-22 at 02:50, Ben Collins wrote:
> On Tue, May 21, 2002 at 02:50:57PM +0000, Chris Mutchler wrote:
> > Okay, I've had this sparc for a year or so, and up until today it was
> > running RedHat v6.2 without problems.  I have gotten rather sick of
> > RedHat recently, and having had such a good time with debian on my x86
> > boxes, I decided to migrate this box over, with the intention of moving
> > 2 others afterwards.
> > 
> > Anyway, I've managed to get the base system installed, however I am
> > having the following two problems...
> > 
> > 1.  When using vi to edit a file, it will not allow me to write any
> > changes to disk after modifying them.  I can create a new file using
> > cat, and then copy it over to the correct file name, but vi just won't
> > do it for me.
> Are you running slink? That sounds like a problem that was resolved a
> few years ago.
> > 2.  The second problem involves using apt-get.  I am getting an error
> > that a package has an incorrect 'Depends' field.  The exact error is:
> > 
> > dpkg: parse error, in file '/var/lib/dpkg/available' near line 16078
> > package 'tinyproxy':
> > 'Depends' field, reference to 'libc6': version contains ' '
> > E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)
> > 
> > If any of you have the wisdom that is needed to solve these problems, I
> > would greatly appreciate it.  Thanks.
> And this sounds like an even older dpkg bug.
> Can you give me some details on the version of Debian you installed on
> your sparc?
> -- 
> Debian     - http://www.debian.org/
> Linux 1394 - http://linux1394.sourceforge.net/
> Subversion - http://subversion.tigris.org/
> Deqo       - http://www.deqo.com/

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