On Wed, 2003-10-15 at 20:30, Paul Yeatman wrote: > Well, for the record, with not getting anyone else's opinion on this, I > finally gave things a try and ran > > dpkg -i libc6_2.2.5-11.5_i386.deb libc6-dev_2.2.5-11.5_i386.deb > > and the only warning (other than the obvious fact that I was > downgrading packages) was that such a downgrade would require > overwriting another package's files, libdb1-compat. This package is > required by libc6 >= 2.2.5-13 which applied to the higher version of > libc6 I was coming from but not going to. So, with a fair amount of > looking over manual pages for dpkg and such, I came up with: > > dpkg -i -B --force-overwrite libc6*2.2.5*.deb dpkg -i <package> all that is needed, downgrading is automagically allowed. Don;t worry to much about the -B option it tends to not work as described (at least so far in my experience) That *is* the safest way. If the packaging is changed... then and only then, is the --force-overwrite needed. But since we are talking libc6* should be no big deal. > which I tried with a bit of concern. The -B is supposed to > "deconfigure" any packages which depend on a package(s) you are > removing. The --force-overwrite tells dpkg to go ahead and write over > another package's files. This worked great! Once libc6 and libc6-dev > where downgraded, I was able to remove libdb1-compat without trouble > (again, worried a bit that removal of the package might remove > files required by libc6-2.2.5-11.5 but it thankfully did not). > > Paul > > ->>In response to your message<<- > --received from Paul Yeatman-- > > > > Hi, I've inherited a Debian system that primarily uses the stable > > distribution and yet on which the previous manager must have upgraded > > libc6, libc6-dev and locales to, likely, the testing distribution as > > they are higher versions than available from stable. Now that it is in > > my hands, I'd prefer it use the versions current with the stable dist. > > From doing some research, I feel fairly confident that only the > > packages above where upgraded (using 'dpkg -l', going through > > 'dselect', looking through /var/lib/dpkg/available, etc) yet realize > > these are less than perfect checks and that I could easily be missing > > something. > > > > I'm tempted to downgrade with a: > > > > dpkg -i libc6_2.2.5-11.5_i386 libc6-dev_2.2.5-11.5_i386 locales_2.2.5-11.5_i386 > > > > I'm I asking for a lot of trouble???? Is there a safer more sure way > > to do this? Like I said, it is the safest. No surer way. -- greg, firstname.lastname@example.org REMEMBER ED CURRY! http://www.iwethey.org/ed_curry Solitamente, quando emani profumi, mi ricordi lamette circonflesse.
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