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Re: serious apt error after aptitude catastrophe

gaah, forgot to add:  downgrading libc6 leads to terrible
system-breaking conflicts. 


On Thu, Apr 22, 2004 at 12:07:44AM -0400, Matt Price wrote:
> hello,
> tried switching to aptitude and, while I was't looking, aptitude
> started to uninstall a whole slew of fundamental packages from my
> computer!  now I have to reinstall them, but the Sid glibc backage
> seems to have aserious conflict with sysinit: 
> Note, selecting libc6 instead of glibc-2.3.2.ds1-11
> Suggested packages:
>   glibc-doc
> 1 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 753 not
> upgraded.
> 2 packages not fully installed or removed.
> Need to get 0B/4211kB of archives.
> After unpacking 20.5kB of additional disk space will be used.
> (Reading database ... 136582 files and directories currently
> installed.)
> Preparing to replace libc6 2.3.2.ds1-10 (using
> ../libc6_2.3.2.ds1-11_powerpc.deb) ...
> Unpacking replacement libc6 ...
> dpkg: error processing
> /var/cache/apt/archives/libc6_2.3.2.ds1-11_powerpc.deb (--unpack):
>  trying to overwrite `/etc/default/devpts', which is also in package
> initscripts
> Errors were encountered while processing:
>  /var/cache/apt/archives/libc6_2.3.2.ds1-11_powerpc.deb
> E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
> Is there a trick for getting around a fundamental conflict like this
> one?  My system is pretty well disabled at the moment (e.g., I'm
> missing "less" and can't install it!any clues?
> m

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