trouble with python-minimal upgrade

Daniel Hollocher danielhollocher at
Sat Apr 21 02:55:00 UTC 2012

Hey folks,
Sorry to ask for support on this list, but I just tried to upgrade to
oneiric, and my computer is in a sorry state.  python-minimal has a
dependency loop problem, and dpkg is complaining more loudly than I'm
used to.

Basically, all the various upgrade commands I have tried result in this:
> E: This installation run will require temporarily removing the essential package python-minimal due to a Conflicts/Pre-> Depends loop. This is often bad, but if you really want to do it, activate the APT::Force-LoopBreak option.
> E: Internal Error, Could not early remove python-minimal

Actually, as I type this email, I made some progress:
sudo dpkg --remove --force-all python-minimal
sudo apt-get install -f
update-manager > partial upgrade.

Anyway, I got a bit nervous there, since I wasn't sure how much apt
and dpkg depended on python to do their work (ie, removing python
might remove my ability to manipulate packages).  No harm no foul at
this point.

Since I wrote this email, I'm sending it.  For those interested
parties, instead of a bug report, treat this like a transient
notification just like you get in the upper right.

Thanks, bye,

"For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear,
simple--and wrong."

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