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Re: Bug#38772: apt: problem installing packages when there are unmet dependencies

On Wed, 2 Jun 1999, Ulf Jaenicke-Roessler wrote:

>  I'm not sure if this really qualifies as bug ;-) However it is annoying.

No, not really..

>  I intentionally installed jadetex and tetex-nonfree, although the conflict
>  at the moment because of a jadetex bug (it works if I install jadetex before
>  tetex-nonfree).
>  Now apt-get barfs on me and doesn't install or download anything:

APT by design does not support this sort of thing, mainly because there
are no hard and fast rules about what to do in the case of broken or
deliberately misconfigured packages. There is really no hueristic that
could be applied to generate a course of action that is expected to

Now an odd thing has arised here.. apt-get will not attempt to solve your
problems with -f if you give it any packages to install (it assumes you
know what you are doing and have specified a way to correct the problems).
I've clarified these error messages too


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