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Re: Debian sid transition to KDE 5?

On Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:18:01 +0000
Javier Barroso <javibarroso@gmail.com> wrote:

> El mar., 15 de septiembre de 2015 19:38, Joe <joe@jretrading.com>
> escribió:
> On Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:21:17 +0200
> amont@tiscali.it wrote:
> >   Dear all,
> >
> > I am running Debian sid since 2006. When I type in
> > aptitude dist-upgrade I have been getting the below messages. To fix
> > it, please, is it just question of time (something related to KDE 5
> > transitional packages)?
> >
> It's not just KDE, and it's been going for a couple of months already.
> I currently have 124 packages which are not upgradable, there were
> over two hundred a couple of weeks ago.
> I have 2 debian sid desktops and the two are updated. No package is
> hold, and full upgrade. I have not any KDE package, but have xfce,
> and GNOME
> Which 124 packages are not upgradable?

About half are KDE-related. I don't use the DE, but I do use k3b and a
few other KDE applications. Libreoffice is currently in trouble, as it
has been twice in the last month or so. gnupg2 and gnupg-agent have
bugs, as does openssl. openssl has had at least one bug for a couple of

> Tracking https://release.debian.org/transitions/ helps to upgrade
> when you have problems with upgrade.
> Since gcc transition I had to hold some packages to make apt happy to
> upgrade. But I unhold them when its transitions are finish.
> Did you try apt upgrade , and then apt full-upgrade?

I normally use aptitude for routine upgrades, but it can't manage this
one. It used to be the case that aptitude would spend literally hours
trying to calculate a large upgrade, but it now runs for a while and
asks if I want to keep trying. It still can't find a solution after
three or four tries.

apt-get dist-upgrade comes up with a solution, but wants to remove forty
or fifty packages, including gimp, which I use regularly. It may be
possible to install it again afterwards, apt-get is fairly brutal and
simple-minded, but then again it may not.

The problem is the set of packages and my architecture, which is amd64.
I have two 32-bit installations which I can upgrade without problems, so
presumably openssl is OK on 32-bit. The 32-bit installations are
smaller, one on a netbook and one on a USB hard drive. It is my
workstation which is 64-bit, with over four thousand packages
installed, which probably isn't helping.

Now and then I have a poke around with Synaptic, and I found four or
five packages which could be individually upgraded tonight, with
removed libraries being replaced by new ones. For everything else, when
I select a package for upgrade, there is a sea of red where other
packages have to be removed...


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