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Re: serious dependency problems

On Sat, Jan 19, 2002 at 09:52:10PM -0600, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 18, 2002 at 02:40:06PM -0500, sam rosenfeld wrote:
> > I have tried unsuccessfully to install many packages and programs --
> > from math  programs to pine, sawfish and libc6.2.  In most cases the
> > problem is one in which the 'make' closes with errors that list
> > dependencies it could not find.  Occasionally, and perhaps unrelated,
> > the error message reads something like: expecting "fil2" and could not
> > find the file.
> You'll have to be more specific. It's possible that you only have
> runtime versions of libraries involved, while you need development
> (-dev) versions in order to build programs that link against them.

I confess that I know next to nothing about the distinction between runtime
and development versions of the libraries.  Can you recommend where I can
read about what these versions are, why we need two versions of the libraries,
and how the two versions are used?  (It may be obvious that I have not studied
either Linux or Debian very systematically.  Is the Linux Documentation
Project a good place to search for remedies for my ignorance?)

> > The dpkg -i and apt-get install gives me similar problems.
> Those will be entirely different from the errors output by make. Again,
> details would help. Don't expect routinely to be able to install
> packages from woody/sid on a potato system, though.

Does your word "routinely" imply that I shouldn't be able to install
packages from woody/sid etc. without a fairly deep knowledge of debian?
In the meantime, that is while I am still a novice, must I
do without all those seductive packages which rely on woody dependencies,
especially later versions of libc?


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