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Synaptic problems - operator ERROR ;{



I'm using Debian 9 with MATE.
I installed Emacs using Synaptic.
It apparently installed and ran correctly.
It properly opened a Tcl file expecting to see it with some default indentation scheme - it wasn't. I closed it, returning to first window.

I started exploring the documentation available on 1st screen.
I was able to back out of screens with out problems.
I was unable to back out of one screen, chose to shut down Emacs with 'x' in upper right corner.

When I reopened from MATE menu I did not get what I had seen before.
Decided to purge Emacs an start again.

Using Synaptic I:
 1. atempted to completley remove Emacs by choosing complete removal
    of metapackage. Got error messages [not recorded]
 2. manually marked all of the Emacs packages that had been installed
    for complete removal - another unrecorded error message. BUT things
    "looked strange" so I forced Synaptic to shut down and restarted.
 3. observed only the metapakage was tagged with red. Attempting to
    remove or reinstall failed.

 There error messages were:
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
E: Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.
E: Unable to correct dependencies
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
E: Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.
E: Unable to correct dependencies
E: Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.
E: Unable to correct dependencies


What did I do wrong?
How do I fix?

TIA



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