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Re: help! - how to get postgres 7.3 back

Hello Richard!

On Sat, Jan 10, 2004 at 12:35:13AM +0000, Richard Lyons wrote:
I went to ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/p/postgresql/
and got postgresql-client and postgresql, both 7.3.4-9. Then this is
what happened:
dpkg -i /home/richard/files/temp/postgres*.deb
dpkg - warning: downgrading postgresql-client from 7.4.1-1 to 7.3.4-9.
(Reading database ... 148728 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace postgresql-client 7.4.1-1 (using .../
postgresql-client_7.3.4-9_i386.deb) ...

Unpacking replacement postgresql-client ...
dpkg - warning: downgrading postgresql from 7.4.1-1 to 7.3.4-9.
dpkg: regarding .../postgresql_7.3.4-9_i386.deb containing postgresql:
libpgtcl conflicts with postgresql (<< 7.4)

There are more 'interdependancies' to be fulfilled here, see
'apt-cache show libpgtcl'...

 postgresql (version 7.3.4-9) is to be installed.
dpkg: error processing /home/richard/files/temp/
postgresql_7.3.4-9_i386.deb (--install):
conflicting packages - not installing postgresql
Setting up postgresql-client (7.3.4-9) ...

Errors were encountered while processing:
So there apparently was no problem with the client but the server failed. I was stumped then to know what to do next.

You could manually download all those dependancies and install them
with dpkg, or try to change your /etc/apt/preferences to reflect
|Package: *
|Pin: release a=testing
|Pin-Priority: 1001
that is, to give 'testing' the highest priority.

Then do a simple
apt-get install postgresql
and this package as well as all the packages it depends on will be
downgraded to the testing version.
Thereafter undo the changes to apt's preferences and proceed at
will. (Unless of course some other nasty problem comes up. Downgrading
is AFAIK not officially supported.)


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