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Re: Missing packages (was Re: update messages)

On Sun, Dec 31, 2006 at 06:01:39PM +0000, Digby Tarvin wrote:
> Further to the loss of 'xv', 'xearth' and 'xlock' after my recent
> 'apt-get dist-upgrade' of my etch system....
> I tried adding
> deb http://ftp.debian-unofficial.org/debian etch main contrib non-free restricted
> To my '/etc/apt/sources.list', and this does give me an 'xv' package to
> try to install. However when I attempt to do so I get:
>     fujitsu:/etc/apt# apt-get install xv
>     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.
>       xv: Depends: libx11-6 but it is not going to be installed
>     E: Broken packages
> Which looks reasonable enough if there is an unsatisfied dependency,
> but
>     fujitsu:/etc/apt# apt-get install libx11-6
>     Reading package lists... Done
>     Building dependency tree... Done
>     libx11-6 is already the newest version.
>     0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 14 not upgraded.
> Which leaves me thinking that apt-get hasn't really provided a
> sufficient explanation of why the installation couldn't be
> completed?

well again, this *is* a package outside the official repositories so... 

> Could it be that the message is just misleading and it really meant
> that libx11-6 is an incompatable version rather than simply not
> installed??

probably. use apt-cache show xv | grep Depends 
and compare it to apt-cache policy libx11-6 for definitive

> If it is a library version problem, then I assume the best
> solution is to find and install a debian source package for
> this application?

if you can get source, then that's prbably you're best bet.


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