trouble with python-minimal upgrade

Jean-Baptiste Lallement jean-baptiste at
Sat Apr 21 07:13:37 UTC 2012

On 04/21/2012 04:55 AM, Daniel Hollocher wrote:
> 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
This is
A fix is being verified and a new version of the package will be 
available very soon.

> 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,
> Dan

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