LMDE Debian: SOLVED Continuous Broken Packages Notifications

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LMDE Debian: SOLVED Continuous Broken Packages Notifications

Postby starrfleat on Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:24 am

Occasionally, with no specific pattern, I (and others) found that when LMDE ran the update function, and you tried to do the update, the update function erred out with a notification to fix broken packages.
While this can be done from Synaptic package manager, this didn't clear up the problem most of the time.
Searching this and other forums, a problem was identified with one of the Lib packages. For a while, just not loading this, and waiting for a corrected update, solved things.
Now, however, I find that this solution no longer works. For a while, loading everything except every package starting with Lib name worked, and then loading these seperately.
What just worked for me, as of March 19-20 2011 (I have LMDE on my laptop and desktop), has been to load just a few at a time. I started with 10, then 30, then everything else. The problem seems to not be with LIB packages, but either Mint Update doesn't like to load a great many, or some other daemon needs incense burned and virgins sacraficed. :D
Generally speaking, loading just a few at a time seems to work. If you start out with just a few, and gradually increase, it works. Specifically, I loaded 10, 30, and then I think 63 remained (this was on my desktop, which I don't run as often as my laptop, as far as number of packages goes). Even with my laptop, the general pattern of roughly a bakers dozen, then about twice that month, then the rest, works. Do note, however, that everything does load, and this avoids the error notice. I've had this work for three different updates. Sorry, I don't remember when the others happened, but the first was when the LIB solution was proposed. I can't remember for sure, but I think I was able to load all LIBs that time.
Hope this helps. And, hopefully, it will help lead the programmers to a solution.
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Re: LMDE Debian: SOLVED Continuous Broken Packages Notificat

Postby Fornhamfred on Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:48 pm

Had a similar problem but I resolved mine by loading the LibreOffice package first from synaptic and after that doing the update. No broken packages and all 100 odd updates installed OK.
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Re: LMDE Debian: SOLVED Continuous Broken Packages Notificat

Postby MerelyJim on Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:22 am

For me, when I ran into this problem, I went to the command line, and typed in the following;

sudo apt-get update


followed by

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Seemed to kind of knock the alignment between the packages and and the current distro back into synch.
Um... you have a back-up copy,right?
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