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Upgrade from Mint 14 to Mint 16, broken packages

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:09 am
by schulmanworks
So, I upgraded from Mint 14 to Mint 16. When I try to reinstall my old programs using the backup tool, I get the message:
Could not apply changes!
Fix broken packages first.
I've tried updating, upgrading, -f install, and dist-upgrade.

Any ideas?

Re: Upgrade from Mint 14 to Mint 16, broken packages

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:29 am
by DataMan
You could try the following at command level (terminal) :

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sudo apt-get -f install
sudo dpkg --configure -a
-DataMan

Re: Upgrade from Mint 14 to Mint 16, broken packages

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:39 am
by jahid
this type of upgrade doesn't work that much. there's a lot of dependency issues and even if they are all solved somehow, some softwares still won't work correctly. so you better install all of your softwares from the repository when you upgrade to a newer release. solving those issues are not worth the effort you need to make if the final result is not that satisfactory,is it?

Re: Upgrade from Mint 14 to Mint 16, broken packages

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:12 am
by austin.texas
jahid is correct. The backup tool is fine for restoring to the same version you backed up from, but definitely the wrong thing to do from one version to another.
A clean new install is the best option.

Here is what I do on a new installation - run this command listing your favorite programs

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sudo apt-get install acetoneiso asunder dconf-tools grsync ffmpeg hardinfo hwinfo imagemagick imagemagick-doc smplayer gnome-color-chooser gnome-search-tool gnome-tweak-tool gparted gpick parcellite preload puddletag shutter simple-scan swapspace bluefish leafpad unoconv

Re: Upgrade from Mint 14 to Mint 16, broken packages

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:15 pm
by schulmanworks
Thank you all for the help. I'll just install everything manually as suggested.