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Bug#109361: marked as done (apt: Recent severe APT/DPKG problems)

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Subject: apt: Recent severe APT/DPKG problems
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Package: apt
Version: 0.5.3
Severity: critical

There are a few open problems on APT that this could be merged with, I've
not gone through the whole list - but several are probably the same thing.

I'm hoping the information here is sufficient to help isolate and solve
the problem... I could find helpful information in the extant bug reports,
nor could I figure out what was going on from `apt-get -s -u upgrade` output
even though it was voluminous.

The problem was that apt/dpkg would indicate that a package couldn't be
installed because of missing/conflicting dependancies when indeed the 
dependancies are met.

I'm sorry I no longer have a log of this, but after fighting it for a
couple of weeks, and finally getting it going, I've rebooted the
affected machines.

sendmail: depends libc6 (>= 2.2.3-1), but 2.2.4-1 is to be installed
          depends tcpd, but x.y.z is to be installed

I've had problems with sendmail, lintian (wanting to dump task-debian-devel),
and a plethor of other packages.  The only thing that'd help was to pick
packages a few at a time `and apt-get install` them...  Leaving those causing
conflicts.  Sometimes `dpkg --purge <a>`, `apt-get install <b>`, 
`apt-get install <a>` was needed.

The problem seems to be due to having several versions of a package
available (stable, testing, unstable, local) at the same time.

When I removed everything but unstable from /etc/apt/sources.list and
did dselect update, dselect install, the problem simply went away !!!

-- System Information
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Kernel Version: Linux badlands.lexington.ibm.com 2.4.8-ac7 #12 Sun Aug 19 16:11:45 EDT 2001 i686 unknown

Versions of the packages apt depends on:
ii  libc6          2.2.4-1        GNU C Library: Shared libraries and Timezone
ii  libstdc++2.10- 2.95.4-0.01081 The GNU stdc++ library

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Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 17:07:15 -0600 (MDT)
From: Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@debian.org>
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To: Richard A Nelson <cowboy@vnet.ibm.com>, 109361-done@bugs.debian.org
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Subject: Re: Bug#109361: apt: Recent severe APT/DPKG problems
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On Mon, 20 Aug 2001, Richard A Nelson wrote:

> > Welcome to what appears to be yet another `apparently fixed in CVS'
> > bugs.

It's actually the same bug.
> Cool, when I perused the current bugs, I didn't find any indication
> of work in progress.

They used to be all set to fixed but someone undid that. In any event you
should upgrade to 0.5.4 which was just installed.


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