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dselect wants to uninstall everything?

  Hello !

  I am new in Debian. And I have a problem similar to the one of Brian.
I also have a fresh stable woody (installed today). And I did the folling steps :

1 - 'apt-get install harden' to securise my system
2 - 'apt-get install kde'
3 - I tried dselect and I selected a package called fam (I'm quite sure of the name of the package, but not at 100%). This package conflits with
4 - So I reselected harden to undo my choice. Here dselect wanted to remove

  Why does harden conflits with kde after the step 4, but not between steps
2 and 3 ?

  I hope my english is understandable. Thanks for help,


On Monday 02 December 2002 17:49, Brian Kendig wrote:
I have a fresh install of Debian Linux 3.0.  I want to use dselect to
install some additional packages... but it appears that, by default,
dselect wants to *uninstall* most of my Debian installation, unless I
go through the list by hand and tell it to keep each installed package!

I run 'dselect' from a command line and I can get it to load and
display the list of available packages.  But if I don't change the list
of packages at all, and instead go directly to the 'install' option,
then it tries to deinstall hundreds of packages (including basic stuff
like 'at' and 'adduser' and 'cpp' and 'dc').  If I go back to the
'select' list and try to tell it to keep any of these packages, it
complains about dependency problems and lists a lot of packages which
seem to have nothing to do with the one I'm trying to keep prevent
being deleted.

What the heck am I doing wrong here?  How do I get dselect to simply
leave alone the stuff I've already got installed, and just let me select
new packages to install?

You have some dependancies which are unsatified. dselect try to make your system coherent. Maybe some of your packages depends on other packages which are not avaible. What is your sources.list file?

You will not be able to use dselect with broken dependancies, which is not a bad thing: a broken dependancy make a package unusable. I suggest you to check the dependancy with "apt-cache unmet" and to repair your system by hand using "apt-get install" to install a new package and "dpkg deinstall" to deinstall package.

By the way, what medium have you used to install your system. The default installation with the CD's does not have this kind of problems. When you use dselect for the first time, it try to install packages (and you should accept).

It may be also a solution to reinstall compltetly your system with the CD's. Possibly after having made a backup of your important file. Install the package you want and accept all dselect suggestions according to the dependancies.

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