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Re: Debian 5 broken

On Fri, 25 Dec 2009, Bret Busby wrote:


In upgrading my Debian 5 system on this computer, the upgrade (using Synaptic) hung, so I went to a console session and used shutdown -r now, as the GUI was no longer usable, and Debian 5 was thus broken.

After several hours of repairs, the system was again bootable, with gnome having had to be remnoved and reinstalled. Then iceape no longer worked, so had to be removed, but it cannot now be resinstalled.

I am aware that Debian has eliminated the functionality that has been iceape, from Debian 5, but somehow, I had managed to be successfully using it up until this bodgy system upgrade that broke my system.

However, now Debian 5 will no longer install iceape, rendering the installation mostly useless, as I have been relying on the functionality of iceape, as Debian used it instead of Seamonkey, and, as Seamonkey on Ubuntu only ended up being stable with javascript disabled.

Thus, it appears that, without iceape, Debian is no good for accessing the Internet, so I guess I will have to go back to Ubuntu, or Windows XP, with Seamonkey, with no javascript.

And, Linux was supposed to be relatively stable and reliable.

Maybe Windows and IE, really are more reliable and stable than Debian.

I have worked out how to regain iceape.

I had to download the constituent packages, from the etch repository, on one of the repositories - the iceape top level package was broken in one of the repositories, so I had to travel around the repositories until I found an unbroken package.

Then, I had to install each of the constituent packages then the top level package, using dpkg.

What a mess!

Maybe Debian will come up with stable packages for its "stable" version, and a package management system that is not so messy.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
  Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
  "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
  A Trilogy In Four Parts",
  written by Douglas Adams,
  published by Pan Books, 1992


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