apt-get -f install problems

Julio Biason julio.biason at gmail.com
Fri Jan 20 12:02:43 UTC 2006

On 20/01/06, Darren Wyn Rees <darren at cymraeg.org> wrote:
> The only piece of information I am looking for is to know "is this
> fixable?".

Removing that packages would solve the problem. But two questions come to me:

1) How to find those dependencies? We have

apt-cache rdepends <package>

But that would list every package that depends on <package>, even the
not installed ones. Hard to dig the problem that way (and python list
a thousand packages). Someone here have a better knowledge of apt? :)

2) How did you manage to uninstall packages without removing the
depencies? Did you use dpkg or apt-get?

Anyway, I would probably install both and then

apt-get remove postfix python

And, that way, removing the depencies too. But I think postfix is
required for local mail delivery (e.g. when cron finds a problem --
and the default configuration only allows that) and Python is used by
several packages.

Julio Biason <julio.biason at gmail.com>

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