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UP5 held broken pkg?

Postby feffer on Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:21 am

Read the blog and installed UP5 to my otherwise up-to-date LMDE. The install failed part way through. So I rebooted and tried again. This seemed to get the rest of the pkgs. However, the restart brought me to the login screen background, but no dialog boxes. I dropped into cli and ran apt-get install -f and this showed OK, but one pkg held -- "python-pyatspi2"

Then tried to install mint-meta-debian-cinnamon since my desktop is cinnamon (no mate). This failed with the message:
Depends xchat, but it is not going to be install. You have held broken packages


Not sure how to resolve this?

NOTE: originally posted to update/upgrade, then saw that this was probably the correct forum. Will try to delete the first post, but notice that someone has replied saying he had the same issue. Sorry.
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Re: UP5 held broken pkg?

Postby petenz on Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:50 pm

I have essentially the same issue with xchat preventing the installation of mint-meta-debian-cinnamon. Would love to sort this out...
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Re: UP5 held broken pkg?

Postby zerozero on Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:00 am

[sorry, i had to cut&paste a bit here to bring the topic to the appropriate place again, but i think is OK now]
feffer,
petenz,
can you provide the output of
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apt policy xchat
and
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apt install xchat
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Re: UP5 held broken pkg?

Postby feffer on Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:09 am

I deleted the failed system and restored an intact, pre-update one from a week ago. So now I want to try to upgrade again, but see xchat is still a problem. These commands were run on the pre-upgrade system. Evidently xchat was installed but removed. I don't think I did that. Maybe it was removed during a previous dist-upgrade and I didn't notice it.
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mintxps# dpkg -l xchat
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                Version             Description
+++-===================-===================-======================================================
rc  xchat               2.8.8-1linuxmint1   IRC client for X similar to AmIRC

mintxps# apt policy xchat
xchat:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 2.8.8-3linuxmint2
  Version table:
     2.8.8-6 0
        500 http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest/ testing/main amd64 Packages
     2.8.8-3linuxmint2 0
        700 http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian/upstream amd64 Packages
     2.8.8-1linuxmint1 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

mintxps# apt-get install xchat -s
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 xchat : Depends: xchat-common (= 2.8.8-3linuxmint2) but 2.8.8-6 is to be installed
E: Broken packages
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Re: UP5 held broken pkg?

Postby zerozero on Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:50 pm

feffer,
let's see if i understand a bit what i'm seeing in that output :) it looks like that install was once tracking testing and at some point you converted it again to the UP rhythm, is this right?
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Re: UP5 held broken pkg?

Postby feffer on Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:39 pm

Yes. I did get xchat installed by temporarily adding the Testing apt source.

Running
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#dpkg --configure -a #finished w/o error
#apt-get install -f  #also is OK now
#apt-get install mint-meta-debian-cinnamon  #also now works

However, on restart I get to the login screen with no login dialog.
Dropped to terminal and tried sudo startx. This gets me to a gui desktop but w/o the mint menu. So I borked something. Any hope?
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Re: UP5 held broken pkg?

Postby feffer on Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:14 pm

Leaving for a trip tomorrow. I'm going to have to leave this for now.

I have a good backup - pre-UP5 - but I've tried this twice and ended with the no-dialog login screen. That and when I go to cli and startx I get a desktop with no mint menu. Must have mixed up my sources. I think I'll have to wait for a LMDE iso that has UP5 in it.
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Re: UP5 held broken pkg?

Postby zerozero on Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:15 am

apart from xchat and xchat-common we need to know what others pkgs are there that came from testing and can now cause some kind of incompatibility. also what graphics card you have and are you using the proprietary or opensource driver for it?

finally, in those 2 commands
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#dpkg --configure -a #finished w/o error
#apt-get install -f  #also is OK now
you saw pkgs being removed (specially in the second one?)
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Re: UP5 held broken pkg?

Postby feffer on Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:58 pm

thx zerozero. I'm leaving in a few hours. I don't think I'm going to try to repair this. I'll be back in 2 weeks. At that point, I'll have to decide how to deal with it. This is not resolved, but I think I'll post some basic questions about LMDE in a new topic. thx again.
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