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Re: Practical problems faced by new Debian user



On Tue, Aug 02, 2005 at 04:59:33PM -0700, nuno romano wrote:
> I have Debian 3.1Sarge(testing) from early
> May2005,since then I have
> downloaded binary packages from testing(latest May)
> and 3.1stable
> (early June) and with dpkg -install package_x.deb I
> usually get:
> 
> dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of
> package_x:
> package_x depends on libc6 (>= 2.3.2.ds1-21);however:
>  Version of libc6 on system is 2.3.2.ds1-20
> 
> ---> the programs were unpacked but not
> configured.(Can I FORCE the
>      configuration in these cases -very close
> versions- ?)
> 
> Well,a REAL libc6 incompatibility is not probable
> here(2.3.2=2.3.2)a 
> strict dpkg problem is what I see here.So,how can I
> surpass this?(I 
> suppose that the package equivs -to fool dependencies-
> is not an option 
> here).I simply don´t believe that we need to
> substitute major libraries 
> each time we pick a new version of a program few weeks
> later.(Compiling 
> from sources to adapt to my environment is not
> optional,I don´t have the
> large majority of developer packages in my CD set).
> 
> NOTE: I am aware that with apt-get POSSIBLY the cost
> of upgrading from
> libc6 2.3.2.ds1-20 to libc6 2.3.2.ds1-21 is only to
> change a few files,
> and a few minutes of Internet connection.Is that so?
> Or the ENTIRE new
> libc6 would be downloaded?
> I simply prefer to pick the packages manually with a
> webbrowser.
> 
> EXAMPLE:In my CD set I don´t have MySQL-Admin and
> MySQL-Query-Browser.
>         I got the sources and I have fallen in a HELL
> of dependencies
>         trying to build the .deb binaries(need a lot
> of dev packages).
>         So I got the .deb binaries and the only
> barrier I face to reach
>         a proper installation is this libc6
> 2.3.2.ds1-21 dpkg warning.
> 

The current version of libc6 in Sarge is 2.3.2.ds1-22.  The fact that
you have 2.3.2.ds1-20 indicates that your system is not up to date.  You
may want to consider updating, especially since version 2.3.2.ds1-21 of
libc6 contained a number of security and bug fixes.

Incidentally, you can probably use one of the --force-* options to dpkg
and make it install the package.  The only problem you may encounter is
that the program may or may not run or behave as expected.

-Roberto
-- 
Roberto C. Sanchez
http://familiasanchez.net/~roberto

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