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Re: Braindead package management -- was Re: Use of dpkg --set-selections is brain-dead?

Michael S. Peek wrote:

T wrote:

On Thu, 31 Aug 2006 16:57:10 -0400, Michael S. Peek wrote:

...  If I specify: lpr- and cupsys-bsd+ (which conflicts w/ lpr),
then apt-get chokes on cupsys-bsd, saying that it can't proceed because it conflicts w/ lpr (duh, that's what the lpr- on the command line was for).

It should work. That's the trick I used to play. Now I'm thinking that
your whole package management system is in some kind of weird stage now...
Nope, still just as dumb:

[update-tiem]: Command: aptitude -y -o Aptitude::Log=log-20060901-120519.txt install kernel-image-2.6-686-smp+
^MReading Package Lists... 0%^M^MReading Package Lists... 100%^M^MReading Package
Lists... Done^M
^MBuilding Dependency Tree... 0%^M^MBuilding Dependency Tree... 0%^M^MBuilding De pendency Tree... 50%^M^MBuilding Dependency Tree... 50%^M^MBuilding Dependency Tr
ee       ^M
^MReading extended state information... 0%^M^MReading extended state information.
.. 0%^M^MReading extended state information      ^M
^MInitializing package states... 0% ^M^MInitializing package states... Done^M ^MReading task descriptions... 0% ^M^MReading task descriptions... 2%^M^MReadi
ng task descriptions... Done^M
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
E: Unable to correct dependencies, some packages cannot be installed
E: Unable to resolve some dependencies!
Some packages had unmet dependencies.  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.

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 tiem-cups-cfg: PreDepends: cupsys-bsd but it is not installable
ERROR: update-tiem returned non-zero exit code

Anyone have any ideas why this doesn't work? Maybe I'll try reinstalling from scratch, just in case my pacakge db has gone all funky.

Nope, still just as dumb. I reinstalled from scratch, and aptitude still couldn't understand that it was supposed to purge lpr before installing cupsys-bsd.

The interesting thing is that if I run aptitude or apt-get from the command line and only tell it to remove lpr and install cupsys-bsd, as opposed to listing all the package management changes that I want, it works:

# aptitude install lpr_ cupsys-bsd+
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree Reading extended state information Initializing package states... Done Reading task descriptions... Done The following NEW packages will be automatically installed:
 cupsys-client libcupsys2-gnutls10
The following packages have been kept back:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
 cupsys-bsd cupsys-client libcupsys2-gnutls10
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 packages upgraded, 3 newly installed, 1 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 234kB of archives. After unpacking 233kB will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?]

Maybe the guys on the development list would understand this...?

Michael Peek

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