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Re: virtualbox - missing packages

On 9/30/17, Cindy-Sue Causey <butterflybytes@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/30/17, Sven Hoexter <sven@timegate.de> wrote:
>> On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 09:16:59AM +0200, Hans wrote:
>>> maybe you need to add this entry in sources.list:
>>> deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian stretch contrib
>> Or you just use the packages from stretch-backports? Those should be the
>> best fit for now.
>> https://backports.debian.org/Instructions/
>> The original error message looked a bit like OP tried to use the
>> packages from testing/unstable in stretch which actually worked for
>> some time.
> I've unfortunately lost track of my personal notes on this so I'm
> winging it. There's this option:
> apt-get install --fix-missing
> You run it generically just like that. I'm encountering references to
> something like "dpkg-reconfigure --all" and dpkg-reconfigure
> [package-name].
> "dpkg-reconfigure --all" that pops up in search engine inquiries
> didn't work at all *for me*. Instead, it kept suggesting other
> options.
> "dpkg-reconfigure [package-name]" appeared to function. Was tested on
> a normally functioning package so there wasn't much to learn from that
> beyond that it *appeared* to be the right command (because it didn't
> complain and offer alternative flags).
> "dpkg-reconfigure --force [package-name] is rolling around out there,
> too. Feels like I've tried that one, but it's a go at your own risk
> kind of thing. In cases like this thread, I like the sound of that
> "--force" flag. :)
> It feels like I'm missing one that I've even shared on this list, but
> it's not coming to mind this morning *if* there is another one.

*heh!* While closing out this thread's tab in my browser, the word
"broken" said let's try one more thing so I winged it again:

apt-get install --fix-broken

IT WORKS! I had checked "man dpkg" and "man dpkg-reconfigure" but
never thought to check "man apt-get". You might find yet more
possibilities by searching the output of "man apt-get", e.g. this one:

apt-get install --ignore-missing

I don't like that last one because it sounds like avoidance, sounds
like it's leaving a problem lingering. BUT something like that might
at least open the door to then fixing things as the NEXT step after
that one...

Cindy :)
Cindy-Sue Causey
Talking Rock, Pickens County, Georgia, USA

* runs with duct tape *

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