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Re: Removing "modules" and "base"

On Tue, 5 Aug 1997, Joost Kooij wrote:

> On Tue, 5 Aug 1997, Johann Spies wrote:
> > Please excuse me if this has been answered before.
> > 
> > I received my Debian 1.3.1 CD, borrowed a cdrom-drive and installed 1.3.1.
> > Dselect refuses to remove "modules" and "base" and as a result  shows
> > "modutils 2.1.35-5" as broken and "base 1.1.0-13" as obsolete.
> > 
> > How can I solve this problem?
> Whatever you do, DO NOT PURGE BASE!! Then you will have a real problem.
> Even if dselect says it is obsolete, it still owns vital parts of your
> system (try "dpkg -L base" and see for yourself.) So, DO NOT PURGE BASE!!
> You could:
> - ignore what dselect indicates.
> - delve into the dpkg database and remove all references to base. IIRC
> this was described lately.
> - wait for the maintainer of the package to issue a final base.deb,
> consisting of merely install scripts that will perform the abovementioned
> cleaning. 

The way to remove base is to cd into /var/lib/dpkg/info and open up
base.list in your favorite text editor.  You should then remove all
references to devices. i.e delete all /dev/ files.

You should then be able to remove base safely.


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