Installing hamm: e2fsprogs conflict with e2fslibsg
I've just downloaded and tried to install hamm (clean new
install, not upgrade from bo). Everything went fine till
I ran dselect; then:
1. Being afraid of screwing things, I skipped the "Select"
part, hoping that would install a sensible default
system, and went directly to "Install", only to get an
"error processing dpkg-perl (--install)" due to an
unresolved dependence upon package perl, not yet
installed. (I've written down the entire message, if
that could help).
2. Reluctantly, I went back to "Select", got inside there
with the idea of leaving immediately, with nothing
changed, and at trying to do so I was warned that
e2fsprogs conflict with e2fslibsg; however, both were
required! Leaving it to do at will, e2fslibsg got
(apparently) purged from the system.
3. Just before configuring, dselect issued three times a
warning about "More than one copy of package base-passwd"
being unpacked in this run.
Now I find that:
1. Every time I run dselect and choose to "Install" (some
new packages), it seems to go fine thru the installation
part, but *always* begins the configuration by asking
if it should replace file '/etc/passwd' already on the
system with the package maintainer's version (and then
again for '/etc/group'). If I answer "No" it continues
happily, but the next time I run dselect it will ask
again! (The only time I answered "Yes" it indeed replaced
the passwords file, leaving root without password; after
that, "passwd" wouldn't change the root's password, nor
would inform of an error either ... That was my first
reinstallation-from-scratch). ispell also asks me
first if I want a dictionary for English "1. britain
2. american", and immediately after my answer it asks
the same thing again, this time "1. american 2. britain"!
2. At the end, it always reports that "errors were found
while processing e2fsprogs_1.10-15.deb", and displays
it as a broken package.
(As I've said, 1 and 2 repeat *always* with dselect, no
matter which or how many packages I had selected).
3. The system behaves strangely, althought consistently.
Installing an X server won't set it as default (althought
I answered "yes" to the pertinent question in the
installation script, and tried it with three different
servers). Configuring gpm would reboot the machine (??).
pon must be executed twice: first time it does nothing
(visible), second time it dials and connects OK, and
then I can ping/telnet/ftp/browse, but the ftp client
and lynx take loooong time to download anything (my
modem is external and I see the leds off most of the
time; Netscape on NT, however, works just fine).
I've reinstalled a couple of times and the "e2fsprogs"
problem is the most persistent, so I suppose it could be
causing the others; however, I got no idea how to solve
that ... I already tried re-downloading and re-installing,
to no effect.
Thanks in advance for the attention paid. Any hint will
be very appreciated.
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