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Re: downgrade wants to rm coreutils!

On Tue, Apr 15, 2003 at 09:11:49PM +0100, Simon Tod wrote:
> Wishing to downgrade a mixed box to stable I moved
> /etc/apt/apt.conf out the way, commented out all the
> lines corresponding to backports from
> /etc/apt/sources.list and wrote /etc/apt/preferences
> pinning stable at 1001 and testing at 550. After an
> apt-get update I ran apt-get -s dist-upgrade and got 2
> problems...
> 1. It wants to remove kernel-image-2.4.20-686 and the
> associated pcmcia-modules - not a surprise, but how do
> I stop this happening? Tried to pin them at 1000 and
> even removed the 
> Package: *
> Pin: release a=testing
> Pin-Priority: 550
> entry from /etc/apt/preferences as well, all to no
> avail.

I haven't used pinning, but you could try putting those packages (and
their dependancies that are not available in the correct version in
woody (such as initrd-tools)) on hold.

> 2. I get the message
> WARNING: The following essential packages will be
> removed
> This should NOT be done unless you know exactly what
> you are doing!
>   coreutils
> I'm certainly not comfortable with letting this
> happen... why should it want to do this and can I let
> it... otherwise how do I remedy this?

coreutils is not part of woody.  Make sure you have shellutils,
textutils, and fileutils installed, then remove coreutils.


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