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Bug#233681: apt: Obscure error message when used on a non-Debian system

On Thu, Feb 19, 2004 at 12:15:23PM +0000, Greg Kochanski wrote:

> Package: apt
> Version: 0.5.21
> Severity: minor
> When compiling apt-get on a RedHat system, I got the
> error message:
> 	E: Unable to determine a suitable system type
> which didn't enlighten me in the least.
> As it turns out, that error happens when it cannot prove
> that the system is Debian (i.e. /etc/debian_version and
> /var/lib/dpkg/status and /usr/bin/dpkg are all missing)
> (code in .../deb/debsystem.cc).
> The message should be, perhaps,
> E: Unable do determine what type of distribution you have (e.g. Debian).

What I believe it should say is "Unable to determine a suitable *packaging*
system type".

 - mdz

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