[Grml] Grml/Grml-small sort of progress report.

s. keeling keeling at spots.ab.ca
Sat Nov 4 06:08:59 CET 2006

Incoming from Michael Prokop:
> * s. keeling <keeling at spots.ab.ca> [20061103 17:26]:
> > Incoming from Michael Prokop:
> > > s. keeling <keeling at spots.ab.ca> [20061103 02:15]:
> > > > I appear to have lots of broken (according to aptitude) packages.
> [snip]
> What a stupid script...

The price was right.

> If you run the command manually it does not return any errors as
> well, right?
> # fc-cache -s -f -v


> A workaround would be to just disable the fc-cache line in
> /var/lib/dpkg/info/fontconfig.postinst and rerun "apt-get install"
> then.

Did so, then ran into other problems, much like the above.  I've been

   - apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

   - apt-get update && apt-get install aptitude ;
     aptitude update && aptitude upgrade

and I keep coming up against things like this:

Reading package fields... Done
Reading package status... Done
Retrieving bug reports... Done
Parsing Found/Fixed information... Done
Extracting templates from packages: 100%
Preconfiguring packages ...
I: mdadm: debconf backend too old, defering configuration...
(Reading database ... 15514 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace coreutils 5.93-5 (using .../coreutils_5.97-5.1_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement coreutils ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/coreutils_5.97-5.1_i386.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite `/usr/share/man/man1/md5sum.1.gz', which is the diverted version of `/usr/share/man/man1/md5sum.textutils.1.gz'
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
A package failed to install.  Trying to recover:
aptitude: symbol lookup error: aptitude: undefined symbol: _ZN9pkgPolicyD2Ev
aptitude upgrade  36.49s user 22.64s system 72% cpu 1:21.37 total

complaining about a different package each time.  What's that symbol
lookup error from aptitude?  I've tried dpkg -i with similar results.

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
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