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RE: file conflicts between packages

On 02-Oct-2001 Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> hello,
> i updated woody today and found that the new xlib package wanted to
> install a file over the mixviews package.
>    Preparing to replace xlibs 4.1.0-5 (using .../xlibs_4.1.0-6_i386.deb) ...
>    Unpacking replacement xlibs ...
>    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/xlibs_4.1.0-6_i386.deb
>    (--unpack):
>     trying to overwrite `/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/app-defaults', which is also in
>    package mixviews
>    Errors were encountered while processing:
>     /var/cache/apt/archives/xlibs_4.1.0-6_i386.deb
>    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
> what is the standard operating procedure for this?

This is mixviews violating X policy.  Check if there is a bug open and if not
file one.

In general one of the packages is wrong an deserves a bug.  Always check if the
bug is known about already though.  if you need to install the package despite
the conflict there are dpkg commands for that see its manpage and --help.

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