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Re: Unmet dependencies Xfce4

Sven Joachim wrote:
On 2008-04-24 08:06 +0200, andy wrote:

Can someone please advise on the best way to handle the following
situation of unmet dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install xfce4-systemload-plugin xfce4-goodies
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... 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.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies.
 xfce4-systemload-plugin: Depends: libxfce4util-1 (>= 4.2.1-1) but it
is not going to be installed
                          Depends: libxfcegui4-3 (>= 4.2.1-1) but it
is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages

This is on a Lenny machine.

I haven't investigated the situation, but in general it is better to use
aptitude rather then apt-get if you encounter such problems, because
aptitude is much more verbose about unmet dependencies and can try to
resolve them interactively.

Looking at packages.debian.org, xfce4-systemload-plugin depends on
libxfce4util4 (>= 4.4.1) and libxfcegui4-4 (>= 4.4.1) and has not been
upgraded since June 2007, so you probably have put some package on hold
or something like that.


As I only use apt-get, I don't see how I could have put a package on hold. Also, I was under the impression that one should not mix apt-get and other package retrieval systems for the reasons that these unmet dependencies seem to suggest.

So, might I merely go ahead and manually install these two missing libraries or is that likely to result in Xfce4 melt-down?




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