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Re: upgraded my debian testing system and now have font problems

On Saturday 28 October 2006 15:45, Kevin Mark wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 28, 2006 at 02:51:25PM -0700, tom arnall wrote:
> > Another problem has emerged since my upgrade. When I try to run gaim,
> > I get the following message and the thing dies:
> >
> > 	gaim: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/libpangocairo-1.0.so.0:
> > 	undefined symbol: cairo_scaled_font_get_font_options
> >
> > i removed gaim and reinstalled it, with no results. I then tried
> > removing gaim from my system and everything on my system with the word
> > 'gaim' in it, then reinstalling. This got me weird messages from the
> > installer:
> Hi Tom,
> The Debian system has directories and files that are part of its
> management system. It also has specific tools to query, manipulate and
> otherwise fuss with these. Removing files willy-nilly is not the
> approach that most distros use to manage them. Unless, of course, you
> have the specific knowledge to fix any breakage and a reason to do it.
> In Debian, these are the usually ways:
> install 'apt-get install PKG'
> remove  'apt-get remove PKG'
> purge   'apt-get --purge remove PKG'
> or the equivalent with 'aptitude'
> The last one is relevant here. 'Purge' means remove the binary files,
> documentation and the configuration files. This is what you should have
> used. There is only one thing that Debian does not manage yet, user
> configuration files commonly created with DOT-PKG (ie. .mozilla). So you
> MAY want to delete those, if you are sure they may be a cause of
> problems.
> The error you had below was caused by the fact that you removed files
> that are part of the Debian package management system and as such,
> Debian couldn't do its job and bombed out when it could not find the
> files it was expecting(otherwise known as pulling the rug out from under
> it)
> > 	debian:/etc# apt-get remove gaim
> > 	Reading package lists... Done
> > 	Building dependency tree... Done
> > 	The following packages will be REMOVED
> > 	  gaim
> > 	0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 494 not upgraded.
> > 	1 not fully installed or removed.
> > 	Need to get 0B of archives.
> > 	After unpacking 2191kB disk space will be freed.
> > 	Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
> > 	(Reading database ...
> > 	dpkg: serious warning: files list file for package
> > 		`gaim-data' missing, assuming package has no files
> > 			currently installed.
> If I remember correctly, you removed /var/lib/dpkg/info/gaim.list. This
> error was caused by this.
> Not sure about the other errors.
> Next time, ask us, we can help you avoid these fun time x-)
> Cheers,

indeed. nothing like one's mistakes for teachers. 

and now how do i fix the problem? that error message is kind of terrifying.


tom arnall
north spit, ca

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