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Re: libc6 upgrade problems

On Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 07:51:56AM -0700, Stephen Handley wrote:
> In an attempt to get the IPMASQADM package up and running I went and
> upgraded to libc6 2.2.3-9 (or whatever the trailing numbers are). Well now a
> heap of stuff has compatibility issues. I tried removing the new libc6 to
> reinstall the old one .. just to make sure that's what had caused all the
> problems, but I haven't been able to figure out how.

! dpkg will downgrade, no need to remove and install from scratch (and
if you manage to remove libc6 you won't be able to run dpkg to install
it again ...).

> DPKG, APT-GET and DSELECT all refuse to let me delete libc6 because of
> all the dependencies.
> So is there an easy way to upgrade the packages that depend on libc6 so that
> they're compatible with the newer version.

In practice, a full upgrade with dselect (or 'apt-get dist-upgrade') is
the safest way. Upgrading libc6 from stable to testing/unstable without
upgrading the rest of the distribution is unfortunately not really safe,
although if you upgrade libdb2 and perl as well you'll probably be OK.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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