Debian :: Aptitude Reporting More Than 30000 Dependencies

Mar 16, 2011

I've installed Debian6 Testing KDE4 using a net-inst CD when it is recently released. Today , I did a aptitude clean && aptitude update && aptitude upgrade and got a weird output.
aptitude clean && aptitude update
Current status: 62 updates [+61], 1561 new [+270].
There are 7 newly obsolete packages: librasqal2, libwpd8c2a, libwpg-0.1-1, libwps-0.1-1,,,
aptitude upgrade
Resolving dependencies...
open: 42543; closed: 32760; defer: 49; conflict: 8
The open/closed figures is still running (higher) after 10 minutes.
Believe I am not the only one using Debian Testing with KDE4.

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Debian Configuration :: Aptitude Not Removing Dependencies?

Mar 25, 2011

I have had this problem repeatedly with aptitude recently. I run Debian Squeeze but in a somewhat unusual fashion - I create a custom live image using the builder on the Debian Live website and then run the live image in persistent mode off a flash drive. For all intents and purposes this has never behaved any differently from a standard Debian install and has given me a great deal of flexibility and power, for which I'm grateful.

However there's been one strange phenomenon that keeps occurring. After a certain point - not before - aptitude stops removing dependencies when I remove packages, though in the ncurses interface the option is shown as switched on (and my .aptitude/config file does not switch it off, nor does any other configuration file that I can find, though maybe I'm missing something). This occurs even in the case of dependencies which I know cannot be depended upon by any other package. e.g. the e17 package in unstable brings in libecore, libevas etc. which are depended on only by e17 as I have no other Enlightenment packages installed. But removing e17 removes only the e17 package and not the dependencies.

The other odd thing is that this does not occur at first. Aptitude works fine for a while on a clean system. At some point though it simply changes in behaviour.

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Debian Installation :: Aptitude Update And Aptitude Install Aptitude?

Jul 11, 2010

I am trying to upgrade an amd64 lenny system to squeeze.I've got a 2.6.32 kernel running, done aptitude update and aptitude install aptitude.When I try "aptitude safe-upgrade", it sits forever resolving seems to search with the resolver counting up more and more open/conflict/ whatever.I stopped it once it got over 100,000)Is it possible to get aptitude to do a safe-upgrade, perhaps using a command line option?

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Debian :: Bug-reporting Tool In Gnome To No Avail So Far?

Jan 8, 2011

I've tried the bug-reporting tool in Gnome to no avail so far. This isn't a huge problem, more a cosmetic one. I'm running Squeeze beta 2, which was a fresh install. I have a Maxtor USB portable HD, which I use to back up personal data. It auto-mounts fine, as soon as I connect it. I have full read-write access from my regular user account; but when I'm finished accessing it, when I right-click and select "Safely remove" I get an error every time. The error has to do with "unable to unmount . . . ." and I wish I had the exact text but I don't. Anyway, when I open a terminal and check the mount point, the drive *has* unmounted, so I'm not worried about data loss. But why the error? BTW, the drive is formatted as one partition with NTFS.

I'm not looking for an answer so much as I am just trying to see that someone involved in trying to get Squeeze ready to release hears about this. It's no big deal, but it looks bad.

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Debian :: Incorrect Load Average Reporting In Top?

Jun 10, 2011

installed squeeze, but top keeps reporting 0.00 most of the time, and def it's wrong cause we have another server same hardware but lenny, and its over 2.00 same load. what can i check or do to fix this? thx

Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Wed May 18 23:13:22 UTC 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux


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Debian Configuration :: CPU Temperature Reporting Varies

Mar 31, 2016

Quick background: the office in my shop is just a partitioned area so is subject to temperature and dust, just as the workshop area is. I've upgraded my desktop from an AMD Phenom II X4 955 which used to suffer overheating problems (despite regular cleaning) to an AMD FX-6300 on a Gigabyte 970A-D3P motherboard. For cooling I've fitted a Cooler Master Hyper TX3, plus various fans. Fresh install of Debian 8.3.

The cooler has certainly solved the overheating issues and the machine runs very quietly, rather than sounding like a 747 at take-off. But I'm now having some problems getting consistent reporting on temperatures.

The BIOS reports temperatures from the CPU which seem to be fairly consistently in the mid to high 30s (C).

lm-sensors and hddtemp have been installed.

sensors-detect reports (just the last section)
Code: Select allNow follows a summary of the probes I have just done.
Just press ENTER to continue:

Driver `k10temp' (autoloaded):
  * Chip `AMD Family 15h thermal sensors' (confidence: 9)

Driver `fam15h_power' (autoloaded):
  * Chip `AMD Family 15h power sensors' (confidence: 9)


psensor identifies AMD CPU and the NVidia GPU, apparently correctly, as it does the HDDs.

So, my problem is that the CPU temps reported by psensor and the panel app vary quite significantly with those that are reported in the BIOS. My thinking is that the BIOS is correct and that the software is either misreporting the temperatures or using the wrong sensors.

On the old machine I used to get a temperature from each core, just like in the BIOS, but now I'm only getting a single CPU reading.

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Debian Multimedia :: Preferred Method Spam Reporting?

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Which method of spam reporting do the moderators prefer?

Using the spam reporting thread? Using the "Report this post" button? Or both?

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Debian Installation :: Lenny In OpenSolaris - Reporting 520T Drive?

Mar 18, 2011

I am attempting to get Debian Lenny 5.0.8 to run on an OpenSolaris snv_134 lx-branded zone. Debian 6.0.0 is a total flop due to the included udev requiring a kernel >= 2.6.26 and the kernel provided by the lx26 brand being only 2.6.18.So I installed Debian 5.0.8 into a VirtualBox VM, configured it, then tarred up the install with the following command as root, from /:

tar -cjf /mnt/share/debian-5.0.8.tar.bz2 --exclude dev --exclude sys --exclude mnt --exclude proc *

I then installed that archive into a solaris zone, booted it, and had to run

perl -pi -e "s,1 1,1 0," /etc/fstab

in order to fix up the fstab. Now it boots (with a handful of warnings), but the problem I'm having is that I can't run apt. I get:

E: Couldn't determine free space in /var/cache/apt/archives/ - statvfs (75 Value too large for defined data type)

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Server :: Df Reporting 100% But Du Reporting 20%?

Apr 15, 2011

Today morning I logged on to one of our servers (through ssh -X) to perform a routine maintenance. When I tried to open a GUI application, it failed to connect to the X server of the workstation. Eventually I ended up issuing the command


df -h /

and shockingly it showed that / is 100% used. I checked / using


du --max-depth=1 -xh /

to check the sizes of the individual directories, which showed that only about 18% of the / is used and that confused me badly. There was no quick solutions when I googled around; but luckily I found the following link which nicely explained the issue I had:


All I did was found out the services responsible for those unreleased files (using lsof +L1) and restarted them. That is it. Now df reports only 18% of the disk is used and all my X things started working again, thanks to Walker.

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Debian :: News Item On FireFox Security - Allowing For Alarmist Reporting

Feb 19, 2010

According to this article -- [URL] there are problems with FireFox security, as a veriety of Zeus is being used by crackers in Europe and China. Allowing for alarmist reporting, this still looks unpleasant. Does anyone have definitive information about how this attack affects the various operating systems?

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Debian :: Cannot Install Anything Using Aptitude Or Apt-Get?

May 22, 2010

I'm fairly new to debian, but not to Linux overall. And it seems that I can not install anything using the "apt-get" or "aptitude" commands. Here is what it says when I try to install synaptic:

apt-get install synaptic
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package synaptic is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source.
E: Package synaptic has no installation candidate

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Debian :: Different Functionality In Aptitude And Apt-get?

Aug 19, 2011

From what I understand aptitude and apt-get are both valid package management tools and it should not matter which one you use (of course the user interface is different, but the basic functionality is the same). I found something which makes me believe there are differences: I ran aptitude install gnome-themes-more and it did nothing because the package was already installed. Then I ran apt-get install gnome-themes-more just to see the difference, and it also did not install anything, but it marked the package as manually installed.

The I ran again apt-get install gnome-themes-more and this time the package was not marked as manually install (obviously because it's already marked). This makes me believe that aptitude did not mark my package as manually installed (I would have pasted the command output as well, but I don't have it anymore). So, is the core functionality of those tools the same or not?

I used until now apt-get and wonder if I should have used aptitude. I have found some wikis which recommend the usage of aptitude but I could not find out if this reccomendation is based only on the UI improvements or are there also improvements in the core functionality. I'd like some hints from more seasoned debianers about which one to use, or whether it matters. I'm maily using command line, so user interface is not an issue,

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Debian :: Why Aptitude Can't Resolve Conflicts That Apt-get Can

Sep 23, 2015

I'm using Debian Testing (I know it doesn't happen in Stable)

Words isn't required here. I'll show examples:

# aptitude dist-upgrade
Code: Select allThe following NEW packages will be installed:
  appstream{a} coinor-libcoinutils3v5{ab} coinor-libosi1v5{ab} cpp-5{a}
  g++-5{a} gcc-5{a} gcj-5-jre{a} gcj-5-jre-headless{a} gcj-5-jre-lib{a}
  geoip-database-extra{a} gnuplot5-data{a} gnuplot5-qt{a} icoutils{a}
  kded5{a} kinit{a} kio{a} libapt-inst1.7{a} libapt-pkg4.16{a} libasan2{a}

[Code] ....

Why apt-get can while aptitude can't?

I've searched on web, and all I can tell is that aptitude is "safer" than apt-get because it taking account the packages on hold.

But I don't have any package on hold! (I've tested dpkg --get-selections | grep hold)

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Debian :: Aptitude Packages Not Listed?

Mar 6, 2016

How to find packages with aptitude. If I use the shell to type "aptitude search nethack" then I get a list of several nethack versions from which to choose. If I use the aptitude GUI and type Ctrl-T and then arrow over to the search option and type in "nethack" and hit Enter, the only option that I see is nethack-spoilers. Why do I not see all of the other nethack options?

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Debian :: Aptitude Not Playing Correctly ?

Apr 3, 2011

Just today saw that for some reason aptitude seems broken. Dunno the reason. I don't know if its do with aptitude or some other update which introduced the issue. The issue is simple.

Before I could do something like $sudo aptitude purge linux-image [TAB]

Putting down the tab it would autocomplete or/and give other options if there were multiple options (it would do some kinda grep)

Now after the update of aptitude few days ago and other things I get something like this : sudo aptitude purge linux-image [TAB]grep-status: /var/lib/dpkg/status:14651: expected a colon

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Debian :: What It Means When Aptitude Show 'iB'

Jul 5, 2011

I was running today's udpate and saw this :-


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Debian Installation :: Aptitude Won't Unhold

Jan 20, 2015

Running testing

There were some grave bugs being showed by listbugs for apt dpkg etc

So ran aptitude hold for these buggy packages and upgraded others

Now unable to 'unhold' dpkg. ie

synaptic shows it as 1.17.13 both installed and latest and no upgradation possible

[URL] .... shows it as 1.17.23

Code: Select all# aptitude dist-upgrade

The following NEW packages will be installed:
dpkg:i386{ab} libbz2-1.0:i386{a} libjpeg62-turbo:i386{a} libsystemd0:i386{a}

some other stuff

Code: Select allThe following packages have unmet dependencies:
 dpkg : Conflicts: dpkg:i386 but 1.17.23 is to be installed.
 dpkg:i386 : Conflicts: dpkg but 1.17.13 is installed.

So I can only conclude that aptitude sees the need to upgrade from .13 to .23 but for some reason it cant 'get out' of the installed dpkg:amd64

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Debian :: System Upgrading With Apt-get And Aptitude

Feb 7, 2016

Normally I use apt-get for to upgrade my Debian system. Today i tried to compare apt-get and aptitude with respect to system upgrade. Surprisingly I got different results.

Code: Select allsudo apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done

The following packages have been kept back:

openjdk-7-jre openjdk-7-jre-headless

The following packages will be upgraded:
1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
Need to get 213 kB of archives.
After this operation, 44.0 kB disk space will be freed.

Code: Select allsudo aptitude safe-upgrade
Resolving dependencies...               

The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libsctp1{a} lksctp-tools{a}

The following packages will be upgraded:
libtiff5 openjdk-7-jre openjdk-7-jre-headless
3 packages upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 45.9 MB/45.9 MB of archives. After unpacking 9,130 kB will be used.

What is behind these results? Which method is safer?

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Debian :: Getting No Results In Aptitude / Resolve This?

Sep 18, 2010

I've been trying to use aptitude for package management, but nothing happens in response to my commands, even as root.

Let's say for example I want to purge popcon. According to the helpfile, I should start aptitude, become root (or vice-versa), select the package in the list and press '_' (underscore), and then it will be marked with something in the left column and a different color in the list. Then later, another command will actually do the purge.

But nothing happens. It doesn't get marked or change color or anything, and 'g' just gets the message 'No packages are scheduled to be installed, removed, or upgraded.'

What am i doing incorrectly?

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Debian :: Just Installed - Aptitude Won't Install Anything

Mar 11, 2010

I tried synaptic "aptitude install synaptic". Got this:


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Debian :: Squeeze: Apt Get And Aptitude Choke

Apr 25, 2010

To:Squeeze penguins who chokes when aptitude (Segmentation fault) Possible reasonThere are several apt packages(.deb). As of Sun Apr 25 09:05:24 UTC 2010. When something screws up, apt-get and aptitude choke. SolutionReinstall one of them by "dpkg -i" At least, I was able to resuscitate my penguin.

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Debian :: Stopping Aptitude Upgrading A Package?

Jan 29, 2010

I've build a package using dpkg-buildpackage but whenever I run aptitude safe-upgrade it upgrades the package I compiled as well even though it's the same version is there a way to tell it to leave it alone?

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Debian :: Search For Security Updates Using Aptitude?

Apr 30, 2010

I've been looking for an aptitude command to search for security updates. This information is being shown when running the screen. So far I reached to this command: aptitude search '~S ~VCANDIDATE ~Asecurity ~U' It looks like producing the correct results, but I still don't quite understand the how the filter (~S) command works.

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Debian :: Aptitude Command With Word Kobold?

Jun 12, 2010

thought I saw this the other day in the forum as part of a purge command. when I used it the command removed older versions of packages, for example libx264, i had -94 -96 and -98 it removed the 2 older versions. Does anyone know what command I am talking about?

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Debian :: Warning On Running Aptitude Upgrade

Jun 21, 2010

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Debian :: Get Latency Down When Calling Aptitude And Dpkg?

Jun 20, 2011

I tend to use commands like 'aptitude search $something' or 'dpkg -S /usr/bin/command' (some command/variable in both) or 'apt-file search $something' and all/or many of its brethen. I do run updatedb every now and then but that command is for the overall health of the system similar to tracker perhaps (but not running continously like tracker and the daemon).

What I'm looking for is, if there is a way to get the package list (installed and otherwise) updated aggressively so that whenever I use any combination of aptitude or dpkg I get better response from the system. From what little I understand, aptitude or dpkg or somewhere there would be some sort of index/database where the current state of package availability and system state would be recorded. If there is a way that this could be improved upon would be nice to know. If there is some experimental package or road which the debian folks are looking for in the future so this latency can come down.

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Debian :: Aptitude Produces Unreadable SSH Screen

Sep 7, 2011

Sometimes when I use aptitude to install or update packages I get an SSH screen such as the below that is mostly unreadable:

Package configuration:

When it happens it looks like there is a selection of options I cannot read, one of which is highlighted, for which I am expected to choose one of. In the above example "+ee-_c--e++" was the highlighted option in the list.

How is this fixed to be made readable every time?

When I invoke aptitude without any arguments the screen is readable and looks just like it should.

The SSH window is displayed by my local Windows XP. The remote OS is Debian 5.

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Debian :: Aptitude Doesn't Work After Installation

Feb 26, 2010

get a GUI working after installing Debian. Now, I have another set of problems so I decided to create a new thread. the first thing going wrong is that when I type aptitude update I get the following output:


I want to download the driver for mi wireless, get openoffice and a bunch of other things, but with this not working, I'm guessing there's not much I can do now... I have the driver of the wireless, which I downloaded before the installation of Debian, and that I now copied to my new Debian desktop, but I cannot open it... it is a tar.gz file. I'm currently connected through wired connection by the way.

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Jul 11, 2011

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Jul 14, 2010

I'm using squeeze and my updates are all updated. Aptitude-gtk is at 0.6.3-2 . My menu icons, like 'Update', 'Packages', and 'Preview' don't work. Luckily the buttons at the bottom of the screen, like 'Fix Manually' and 'Upgrade', still work. In this way the application is still useful. I can still search for things, and I can right-click with the mouse to mark packages for installation or removal. Then I use the buttons at the bottom of the screen to finish the work. BUT the menu icons , and come to think of it, options in the menus, don't work. Does anyone else have this problem? I went through the bug page on the debian site but I cannot find my problem.

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