Re: URGENT -- Apt-get fiasco
On Sunday 15 February 2004 06:49, Benjamin Sher wrote:
> Dear friends:
> [Using Xandros 2.0/Debian]
> This morning I noticed that I could no longer install anything from Xandros
> Networks. I drew the conclusion that I had been pushing the envelope to the
> breaking point, installing from all sorts of sources, including unstable
> (though with a /etc/apt/preferences file). Humbled by this experience, I
What is in your preferences file?
> figured that I had better do a complete, fresh install of Xandros 2.0
> Standard and this time really be strict and disciplined with myself. So, I
> deleted the entire installation and started from scratch. This time, I
When you say deleted the entire installation, did you really do a complete
fresh install, or did you just uninstall a load of stuff
> restricted myself to Xandros Networks and only to its two default sources
> (XN 1 and XN 2). In fact, I installed Xandros' own applications first and
> only then was about to start installing some applications from the second
> XN unsupported Debian source in XN. And suddenly, after a good 3 or 4 hours
> of installation, with what looks like a perfect installation, XN seems to
> have collapsed. I cannot install ANYTHING, including XN's own applications,
> i.e. from XN1 (with the default XN symbol) using the STANDARD option under
> Edit, Standard (instead of Expert). I've tried at least a dozen of them and
> they all give me the same error message. Please click on this link for a
I am afraid I don't understand most of the above because I use standard
debian, and what you are talking about in Xandros stuff. I suspect your
underlying problems are related to some combination of what library versions
> And here is the output from the console when I tried to install this same
> file, the GCC 3.3 development files using apt-get:
> Dell:/# apt-get -f install gcc-3.3
> Reading Package Lists... Done
> Building Dependency Tree... Done
> You might want to run `apt-get -f install' to correct these:
> The following packages have unmet dependencies:
> synaptic: Depends: libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.4.1) but 1.2.4-1 is to be installed
What this is saying is that synaptic needs a version of libatk1.0-0 that is
greater than 1.4.1, but the best your /etc/apt/sources.list can find is
This is why I was asking above how much you actually uninstalled. Synaptic is
a program for installing stuff. I presume (ie I am guessing) that from your
screenshot Xandros has modified synaptic to use it as its installer.
> Depends: libc6 (>= 2.3.2.ds1-4) but 2.3.2-7 is to be installed
Similar issue here. - the strange ending on the version of libc6 is, I
presume, some indication of the problem. I know that debian unstable has
2.3.2.ds1-11 and sarge 2.3.2.ds1-10, so I assume that something has a
dependency on this.
Whats in your /etc/apt/sources.list file?
> Depends: libgcc1 (>= 1:3.3.2-1) but 1:3.3.2-0pre5 is to be installed
> Depends: libstdc++5 (>= 1:3.3.2-1) but 1:3.3.2-0pre5 is to be installed
> Depends: libxml2 (>= 2.6.2) but 2.5.11-2 is to be installed
> Depends: libzvt2.0-0 (>= 2.0.1cvs20021009-1) but it is not going to be
> Depends: zlib1g (>= 1:1.2.1) but 1:1.1.4-15 is to be installed
Similar issues to above
> Depends: gksu but it is not going to be installed
> Depends: scrollkeeper but it is not going to be installed
> E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or
> specify a solution).
> None of this makes any sense to me. I did try to use the Xandros Restore
> function, but it didn't make any difference whatsoever.
Its all related to dependencies - and also depends what your starting point.
Depending on your /etc/apt/preferences file, then the apt system will not
downgrade already installed files. If you really started from scratch (ie
wiped the disk and did a fresh install) then I am puzzled. If you just
removed some packages and tried to then re-install I think you have some
later versions of things left lying around (synaptic seems to be one of
> I would very much appreciate your help and advice. I have no idea what's
> going on and how to proceed.
Normally these things can be resolved bit by bit. But we need some details of
what process you went through and whats in your /etc/apt/sources.list file
> Thank you so very much.