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Re: What's the trick with X 3.2?

Actually, you should just upgrade gwm before proceeding.  gwm-1.8c-4
has the proper dependencies.  This release has been out for quite a
while now.  The old release of gwm did not have the correct
dependencies.  Of course, if you are trying to upgrade gwm and the X
libraries at the same time, you may run into difficulty.

You could argue that it is a dpkg bug which prevents updating the
libraries because the package depends upon it, even though the new
release of the package has a dependency upon the new library.  This
"bug" may be difficult to explain.

Fortunately, the new Debian packaging tools make this type of problem
less likely in the future.

Stephen Early <steve@myrddin.greenend.org.uk> writes:

> In this particular case it's a bug in the gwm package; it depends on
> xlib when it should have depended on elf-x11r6lib. If you remove it
> before upgrading, the upgrade should work.
> You may find that there are other packages with a similar bug. You can
> tell which package it is that is getting in the way; dpkg tells you here:
>  > ============================================================================
>  > dpkg: considering removing xlib in favour of xlib6 ...
>  > dpkg: no, cannot remove xlib (--auto-deconfigure will help):
>  >  gwm depends on xlib (>= 3.1.2-4)
>     ^^^
>  >   xlib is to be removed.
>  > dpkg: regarding xlib6_3.2-1.deb containing xlib6:
>  >  xlib6 conflicts with elf-x11r6lib
>  >   xlib provides elf-x11r6lib and is installed.
>  > dpkg: error processing xlib6_3.2-1.deb (--install):
>  >  conflicting packages - not installing xlib6
>  > Errors were encountered while processing:
>  >  xlib6_3.2-1.deb
>  > ===========================================================================
> Once you have upgraded the X packages you can re-install the buggy
> packages using the --force-depends option.

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