Those of you who go back to before the earth's crust hardened, may
remember Corel WordPrefect 8.0 (and 8.1). WP 8.0 was released by Corel
about 2000. It (and 8.1) were the only versions of WP which were native
to Linux. (WP 10 was ported from Windows to Linux through Corel's own
vintage of wine.)
I am a Word Perfect diehard. Consequently, in 2000, as part of my
conversion to Linux, I acquired Corel WordPerfect 8.0. However, am only
now trying to defenistrate myself and take up Linux by means of Debian
I have the Corel CDROM which has on it the WP 8.0. .deb package. There
is however a dependency problem on which I would like some advice.
The WP 8.0 package depends on only two other packages, libc5 and
xlib6g. The former is still available from the Debian archive; so I was
able to install it and its dependency ldso.
The other dependency, xlib6g, is the problem. This one was created by
Corel, and as far as I know it in now only available on the same CDROM
which has WP 8.0. I was able to add it to my sources.lst by running
apt-cdrom. I then ran a test install using aptitude.
Aptitude listed the six packages it would conflict with, none of which
I have or need. It also listed two dependencies, both of which I had
already installed for other packages. However, when I ran a test
installation with aptitude, it wanted to remove 175 other packages,
including most of the KDE packages.
Debian being Debian, surely there is a way to install xlib6g without
having to remove all 175 of those other packages. As the name is
unique, and no other package besides the WP 8.0 one depends on it,
presumably its presence will not affect adversely any of those others.
This package, xlib6g, contains many small files which it would install
in subfolders in the /usr/X11R6/include/X11/ folder. Most of these
files would be put into two subfolders which do not now exist in my box,
/xkb/ and /locale/.
The others would be put in the /bitmaps/ folder. Many but not all of
the files to be put there have the same names and sizes as files already
there. Since these are bitmap files, surely the files already there
could be safely overwritten -- unless there is a way to prevent
overwriting on installation of xlib6g.
I short, can I install xlib6g in such a way that it does not remove 175
other packages I need and use? If so, how do I do it?
Museologist, specializing in
technology and transport