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Re: installation of a package requests removal of a lot of packages

On 7/30/05, Kevin Mark <kmark+debian-user@pipeline.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 11:55:43AM +0200, Gena Batyan wrote:
> > When trying to install a package using apt-get, it says among other
> > things 'following packages will be REMOVED: ...' and this list is HUGE!
> >
> > I'll give an example. I'm trying to install gaim, which depends on the
> > package libaspell15c2
> >
> > What in the name of god is going on here??? How can a package request
> > deinstallation of almost a complete system, most of the packages
> > scheduled for removal have NOTHING to do with the library.
> >
> > below I include what apt-get shows me when trying to install this library.
> >
> > Any suggestions are appreciated...
> <snip>
> 1. Don't Panic!
> The choice is:
> a) do not 'apt-get update' for a while
> b) 'apt-get update' until it does not want to remove lots of stuff.
> option B can happen in days, weeks or longer (ask here for how long
> folks think it will take)
> cheers,
> Kev

Or hold packages (= in aptitude) at their current version and upgrade
what you can, checking periodically to see if the newer packages are
installable without much breakage.

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