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Re: problem installing KDE on Etch

On Sun, Dec 18, 2005 at 04:23:12PM +0100, Dexter wrote:
> Hi,
> i have problem to installl KDE on Debian Etch. I get folloving error:
> --------------------
> # apt-get update
> Hit ftp://ftp.sk.debian.org testing Release.gpg
> Get:1 http://security.debian.org testing/updates Release.gpg [189B]
> Hit ftp://ftp.sk.debian.org testing Release
> Hit ftp://ftp.sk.debian.org testing/main Packages
> Hit ftp://ftp.sk.debian.org testing/main Sources
> Hit http://security.debian.org testing/updates Release
> Ign http://security.debian.org testing/updates/main Packages
> Hit http://security.debian.org testing/updates/main Packages
> Fetched 1B in 0s (1B/s)
> Reading package lists... Done
> #
> #
> # apt-get upgrade
> Reading package lists... Done
> Building dependency tree... Done
> 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
> #
> #
> # apt-get install kde
> Reading package lists... Done
> Building dependency tree... Done
> Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
> requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
> distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
> or been moved out of Incoming.
> Since you only requested a single operation it is extremely likely that
> the package is simply not installable and a bug report against
> that package should be filed.
> The following information may help to resolve the situation:
> The following packages have unmet dependencies:
>   kde: Depends: kde-amusements but it is not going to be installed
>        Depends: kdeaddons but it is not installable
> E: Broken packages
> #
> ------------------------
> I wass googling a lot and found people with the same problem, but no
> solution. Do somebody know how to solve this problem? 

Yes. try installing kde-core, then the other bits of kde when you need
them. The meta-packages that give you the kde apps are:

 kde-core, kde-amusements, kdeaddons, kdeadmin, kdeartwork, kdegraphics,
 kdemultimedia, kdenetwork, kdepim, kdeutils, kdewebdew

It should be easy to guess which app is in which meta package. 

> Is it a bug?

Yes and no. the kde package is a metapackage, which means to exists
 soley as a package to drag in all the packages you need. That implies
 that if one of the packages it depends on breaks, then it doesn't work.
 Becuase of this, the kde maintainers only really get it to work when
 the rest of kde is fairly solid. Its fine when running sarge, but it is
 unlikey ever to work on etch or sid owning to the fuild nature of etch
 and sid. The maintainers know about the problem and you shouldn't clog
 up the BTS with a report on it. 

>    Dexter
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