[nSLUG] Upgrade Testing - Now no X Windows

Robert Ashley rb.ashley at gmail.com
Sat Mar 11 23:02:01 AST 2006


Thanks for trying to revive the patient. I went through your clear
steps. That pesky x11-common, it seems, refuses to cooperate. Going
round and round in dependency circles now.

Maybe I oughta think about throwing in the towel?

On 3/11/06, Stephen Gregory <nslug at kernelpanic.ca> wrote:
> Step one is to try an install of xfree86-common:
>
>      # apt-get install xfree86-common

# apt-get install xfree86-common
-->last lines returned by this command-->
xfree86-common: Depends x11-common but it is not going to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or
specify a solution)

# apt-get -f install
-->last lines returned by this command-->
Errors were encountered while processing:
/var/cache/apt/archives/x11-common_6.9.0.dfsg.1-4_all.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

$ ls -l /usr/bin/X11/XFree86
No such file or directory

> You might try forceing the install of x11-common. Bad things could
> happen though.
>
>      # dpkg --force-conflicts --unpack /var/cache/apt/archives/x11-common_6.9.0.dfsg.1-4_all.deb

# dpkg --force-conflicts --unpack
/var/cache/apt/archives/x11-common_6.9.0.dfsg.1-4_all.deb
-->last few lines-->
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered whle processing: dpkg --force-conflicts
--unpack /var/cache/apt/archives/x11-common_6.9.0.dfsg.1-4_all.deb


> You may want to uninstall xfree86-common, but that will probably
> remove all of X, gnome, kde, and anything even remotely X related.
>
>      # apt-get remove xfree86-common

# apt-get remove xfree86-common
xserver-common: Depends: xfree86-common (>=4.2.1-5)
xutils: Depends: xfree86-common (> 4.3)
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no pkgs (or
specify a solution)

$ ls -l /etc/X11/X
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 2005-04-30 14:39 /etc/X11/X ->
/usr/bin/X11/XFree86

Doesn't look like anything got removed. And there's nothing in
/usr/binX11/XFree86

> After that clean up any remaining upgrades with
>
>      # apt-get -f install
>      # apt-get dist-upgrade

# apt-get -f install
-->last 3 lines...
Errors were encountered while processing:
/var/cache/apt/archives/x11-common_6.9.0.dfsg.1-4_all.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

# apt-get dist-upgrade
->last few lines....
xfree86-common: Depends x11-common but it is not installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f

> You will then need to reinstall X. Does Etch still use tasksel?
> otherwise try
>
>      # apt-get install x-window-system-core ttf-bitstream-vera

# apt-get install x-window-system-core ttf-bitstream-vera
--> last few lines...
x-window-system-core: Depends xserver-xorg
Depends: libglu1-xorg but it is not going to be installed or
libglu1-mesa but it is not going to be installed
xserverfree86-common: Depends: x11-common but it is not going to be installed
E: unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or
specify a solution)

> and one of
>
>      # apt-get install xterm icewm xdm firefox

# apt-get install icewm
-->last few lines...
xserverfree86-common: Depends: x11-common but it is not going to be installed
E: unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or
specify a solution)

> or
>      # apt-get install gnome-desktop-environment gdm
> or
>      # apt-get install kde kdm
>
>
> Note how I recommended my favorite window manager: icewm. I suppose you
> could use another window manager, but why would you want to???
>
> --
> sg
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