Debian :: Removing Backport Kernel Packages ?

Sep 19, 2010

In trying to get something else working, I installed a newer version of the kernel from backports (I'm on 2.6.26 lenny and the backport kernel is 2.6.32). That failed, so I want to remove the backport kernel completely.

I tried:


and got:


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I don't really understand how these metapackages work and I don't want to accidentally remove my currently-working kernel.

What's the correct way to remove all packages related to the backports kernel and leave the existing lenny ones alone?

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Debian :: Old Kernel Removing With Safety Including Packages And Image

Oct 22, 2015

I am new and recently almost one month back installed debian linux stable 8.2 came from windows. Today I upgrade my debian stable 8.2 to testing and everything works fine. Just one thing is that I checked kernel and find :

uname -r


dpkg --list | grep linux-image

ii linux-image-3.16.0-4-amd64 3.16.7-ckt11-1+deb8u5 amd64 Linux 3.16 for 64-bit PCs
ii linux-image-4.2.0-1-amd64 4.2.3-2 amd64 Linux 4.2 for 64-bit PCs
ii linux-image-amd64 4.2+68 amd64 Linux for 64-bit PCs (meta-package)

I am first time removing old kernel so cant take risk from searching the solution from google so come here, what and how to remove that includes everything like kernel image and other old kernel files not needed.

One more thing I just realised and saw on details in settings gnome that

Base : Debian GNU/Linux stretch/sid 64-bit

Is this right as it says sid in the line but i just changed my sources.list to testing only and then aptitude upgrade and full-upgrade then just.

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May 16, 2015

I installed the 32 bit version of Debian Jessie (8.0) on an Asus X205TA. The Asus X205TA laptop is quirky like a lot of Intel Baytrail Atom laptops/tablets in that it has 32 bit EFI but a 64 bit capable CPU, and installing Linux on them is an exercise in frustration. Jessie is probably the first distro to support 32bit EFI out of the box, and the install went surprisingly smoothly. As expected the sound and built in WIFI does not work, but everything else seems to work well.

I spent half a day compiling the 4.03 kernel but it crashes on boot, and I ended uninstalling it in frustration.

Is there any backport of the 4.0 (or 4.1 which is currently a release candidate) for Jessie? Debian also seems to have pulled the kernel image off of their "experimental" repository.

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Aug 21, 2011

I am running Debian squeeze. A while ago I upgraded my kernel to 2.6.38 from backports. Just now I thought it would be good to upgrade to 2.6.39 from backports. Upgrade went fine, but after rebooting I get a kernel panics rightaway.

"No filesystem could mount root, tried:"
"Kernel panics = not syncing: VFA: Unable to mount root fs on unkown-block(0,0)."

This is the first time one of Linux installations halts/panics on booting, so I don't know what to do now. I tried booting the recovery entry from the grub boot menu, but same result.

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Sometimes a kernel image seems to have the same version as the backported kernel image, for example:

What are the differences between the two?

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May 5, 2011

I have a fresh Debian install, since this install was on a desktop, I had an internet connection and didn't notice (it was late, I was half asleep) I opted to download a whole load of packages I didn't really need. I thought all was doomed until I remembered that I have done another Debian install but a week ago on a laptop, which has a nice clean install without all the bloat.

So I ran dpkg --get-selections > selections
and had it sent to my new desktop installation.

Now if I run dpkg --set-selections < selections followed by dselect-upgrade nothing happens. I assume this is because the smaller list contains all the packages 'to be installed' which already are, and all the missing packages are not being purged. Do I need to explicitly add all the packages I want to purge to the 'selection' list or is there a better way of doing it?

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Debian :: Installing / Removing - Packages Have Unmet Dependencies

Jun 1, 2011

I have an issue with packages. When I try to install any package then I receive error like this one below.
e.g. install Lynx:

# apt-get -f install lynx
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
libperl5.10: Depends: perl-base (= 5.10.0-19lenny3) but 5.10.0-19lenny2 is to be installed
libsnmp15: Depends: libsnmp-base (>= 5.4.1~dfsg-12) but it is not going to be installed
lynx: Depends: lynx-cur (>= 2.8.7dev9-2.1) but it is not going to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

So I decided to remove libperl5.10 which apparently mess. But its not that easy, just take a look:

# apt-get --purge remove libperl5.10
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
libsnmp15: Depends: libsnmp-base (>= 5.4.1~dfsg-12) but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libperl5.10 (>= 5.10.0) but it is not going to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).
...and now I don't know what to do ?

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Debian :: Automatic Removal Of Kernel Headers Package When Kernel Packages Are Removed

Dec 28, 2008

As a follow-on to something Telemachos said in another post:


Originally Posted by Telemachos

You can see what kernels you have installed - to check if you have a virtual kernel and to clean up - by running this command:


If you've been installing kernel-headers along with the kernels (say to build modules for graphics or wireless), you should remove those when you remove the corresponding kernel. The command to search for those is parallel:


I would have thought that removing a given kernel package would trigger the removal of the older kernel headers. Can someone confirm that is, or is not, the behavior? I ask this because it seemed to me that the older kernel header packages were indeed removed when I removed some older kernel packages.

For example, the linux kernels I have installed are:


Also, the linux-headers packages I have installed are:


So, when I get around to removing the linux-image-2.6.25-2-amd64 package like this:


I would expect apt-get to automatically also remove linux-headers-2.6.25-2-amd64 and linux-headers-2.6.25-2-common. Is that what will happen, or do I need to explicitly state all three packages on the apt-get remove command?

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Debian Configuration :: Warning Removing Or Updating Kernel Without GDM

Jun 12, 2011

I am an old Debian user, ho just reinstalled it again to see how it evolved since my las version (3.2). I am sharing it with Arch Linux, And decided to let bot of them. I am using GDM compiled and configured in Arch, and removed GDM2 from Debian (i just like the easy menu.list from the old GDM). The problem is that when i update the kernel, it didn't fing GDM and drops an error message. I tried removing the distro-preconfigured Kernels, as i compiled my own 3.0.0-rc2 Kerenel, but i cant delete the previous ones. Now everytime i do an install or uptgrade, apt-get drops wastes some time, and drops an error message:


What can i do? i googled some similar errors, but where just messed up mirror.lists, or similar, i know it isnt the cause of fail.

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Jul 9, 2011

I've used the backport described on the debian news to switch from Open Office to Libre Office. It didn't work with Synaptic, but without any complications when I used "apt-get" on the command line.

Unfortunately this left me with a confused synaptic package management:

My former Open Office is gone, but I get notifications for an Open Office update. I tried to solve the problem by deleting the backport-ressource from my sources list, but the notification won't vanish.

Except Libre Office I'm using a clean squeeze installation without anything I couldn'd find on the main sources list...

Does anybody know how I can get rid of this useless notification?

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Oct 20, 2010

I am trying to upgrade my texlive installation. I am currently using Lenny, but it turns out that the moderncv class is not working with my backport installation of LyX (1.6.5) and the classicthesis class is missing (which was previously available for debian). It turns out that the new versions of these packages are the in the testing branch, so I added that branch to my repos.Now, if I wish to install the relevant new versions of the texlive packages, synaptic told me that it must remove and upgrade things like KDE from 3 to 4! which has nothing to do with texlive that. I do I do then? Can I avoid changing my trusty KDE 3.5?

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On my raspberry pi 3 with debian jessie I'd like to install a new version of ejabberd (xmpp/jabber server). For some platforms, the latest version 16.02 is available under jessie-backports, but for armhf, it is not: in the table at the bottom of <>, next to armhf is the version 16.01 listed in red, instead of 16.02 in green as for amd64 etc. What do these colours mean, and why the difference in versions? Will 16.02 become available for armhf as well in the (near) future, or is this an indication of a more serious problem?

Jessie's older version 14.07 does not offer the features I need, and 16.01 does not run at all; hence my hopes are pinned on 16.02.

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Jun 22, 2011

Just added Squeeze multimedia repositories in source list,but get this after reload :

W: GPG error: squeeze Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 07DC563D1F41B907

However,update for Audacity & Mplayer showed in Update Manager,and I successfully updated.

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Nov 17, 2014

I'm on Wheezy with version 304.117 of the proprietary nvidia driver installed and working, but an application I have needs a newer version of the driver. I'm trying to install the 319.82 version in backports by following the instructions given here, but when I issue the command to install nvidia-kernel-dkms, I get the following:

Code: Select all> sudo aptitude -t wheezy-backports -r install nvidia-kernel-dkms

The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libgl1-nvidia-glx-i386:i386{a} nvidia-driver{a}

The following packages will be REMOVED:
  libgl1-nvidia-alternatives{u} libglx-nvidia-alternatives{u}
  libxvmcnvidia1{u} nvidia-glx{u}

The following packages will be upgraded:
  glx-alternative-nvidia glx-diversions libgl1-nvidia-glx
  libgl1-nvidia-glx:i386 libnvidia-ml1 nvidia-alternative
  nvidia-installer-cleanup nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-settings
  nvidia-smi nvidia-vdpau-driver xserver-xorg-video-nvidia

The following partially installed packages will be configured:
12 packages upgraded, 2 newly installed, 4 to remove and 151 not upgraded.
Need to get 32.3 MB of archives. After unpacking 9,440 kB will be freed.

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 glx-alternative-mesa : Depends: glx-diversions (= 0.2.2) but 0.5.1~bpo70+1 is to be installed.
Internal error: found 2 (choice -> promotion) mappings for a single choice.
Internal error: found 2 (choice -> promotion) mappings for a single choice.

The following actions will resolve these dependencies:

      Remove the following packages:                                     
1)      glx-alternative-mesa                                             
2)      glx-alternative-nvidia                                           
3)      libgl1-nvidia-glx                                                 
4)      libgl1-nvidia-glx:i386                                           
5)      nvidia-alternative                                               
6)      nvidia-kernel-dkms                                               

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The mint-flashplugin problem is a separate issue which I've had for a while. I assume that it can be ignored for the purposes of this post.

If I'm reading the aptitude output above correctly, it's telling me that the only way to "resolve" the conflict is by uninstalling all nvidia support, leaving me with no driver at all. Is that right?

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Jul 16, 2011

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May 31, 2011

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My question is how do I get that file to work with "rpm -e". I tried to insert the file using the less than symbol but that didn't work:
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I recently did upgrade from F12 to F13 using preupgrade, and I was following the guide from the Fedora project website [URL]

On the section Removing unsupported packages it shows how to find orphaned packages and sugest you remove them. I tried that, found a bunch of packages that I promptly erased. But then I
came across


I thought "well I don't use a Modem" so I tried to yum erase it. I stopped when I saw that it was trying
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My question is, why is ModemManager flagged as an orphan if it has packages depending on it, isn't that wrong?

And also, the recommendation on the guide to remove these packages can be dangerous to people who don't pay attention (imagine someone accidentally removing NetworkManager, no internet).

I will keep the "orphaned" package out of necessity, but something is wrong in this whole deal.

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[tim@servy ~]$ sudo package-cleanup --dupes
Setting up yum
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit

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