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Re: dselect & other install issues.

On Wed, 5 Nov 1997, John Spence wrote:

> I've just installed 1.3.1 with my shiny new CDROM set so please don't
> tell me that Debian GNU/Linux version 2.0.0 is due out next week.

Nope.  We might make it out by the end of the year, but I very much doubt
it.  Upgrading to libc6 is a massive undertaking that is more akin to
releasing a completely new distribution than it is to the reasonably minor
upgrades we've done otherwise.

> My first use of dselect was interesting but seemed to work out fine
> when I worked out how to display a list of "All" packages installed or
> not. However I ran it a second time just to familiarise myself with it
> and when I went to quit I accidentally selected "Install".
> As expected the program starting flying throught the list of programs
> but it never seemed to stop. My screen saver activated twice as I was
> waiting for the program to stop. I'm not sure what the default time
> the screensaver is set to but it took ages before I decided that the
> program was in an infinite loop and pressed Ctrl-C to cancel.
> No harm seems to have been done. All of the programs I remember
> installing work fine.  I used the dpkg utility to install the
> staroffice.xxxxxx.deb and netscape.xxxxx.deb wrapper programs and they
> seem to work fine too, thanks to a scan of the debian-user archives.

Unfortunatly I'm lost as to what happened to you here.  Installing new
packages can take a while, especially if you're installing a lot of them.
"dpkg --audit" should tell you if dpkg thinks anything is in an
inconsistant state.

> Can anyone give me a brief run-down on these files from
> /var/lib/dpkg  OR point me to a doc that will tell me more about how
> package management works under Debian.
> available              576,252
> available-old          576,252

The packages dpkg/dselect believe to be available on your chosen
installation material

> cmethopt                    13
Not certain here, possibly what installation method you've chosen

> diversions                 112
> diversions-old              57
dpkg can "divert" files from certain packages so other packages can
provide better versions of them (ssltelnet diverts telnet to replace it
for example)

> lock                         0
> methlock                     0
Various lock files.  Their existance isn't a bug.

> predep-package               0
Not certain about this one.

> status                 232,180
> status-old             232,158
The current state of all packages on your system.

Scott K. Ellis <storm@gate.net>                 http://www.gate.net/~storm/

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