How to reinstall *everything*?

Alexander Skwar listen at
Sat Sep 16 17:13:04 UTC 2006


As I'm having very strange problems with Firefox and Thunderbird (see
"Can't start Thunderbird and themes in Firefox look bad"), I'd like to
reinstall all the packages that I've currently got installed.

To do so, I tried to use aptitude. In aptitude, I highlighted "Installed
packages" and pressed L "Request that a package be reinstalled.". After
that, all the installed packages were selected for reinstallation. But
when I have aptitude start the installation, I get errors like this:

│E: I wasn't able to locate file for the linux-headers-2.6.15-25 package. This▒│
│   might mean you need to manually fix this package.                         ▒│
│E: Internal error: couldn't generate list of packages to download            ▒│
│                                    [ Ok ]                                    │

So I deselected all those packages which gave me these errors. But then,
I get:

E: Couldn't configure pre-depend perl-base for debconf, probably a dependency cycle.
A package failed to install.  Trying to recover:
Drücken Sie zum Fortsetzen die Eingabetaste.

And now I'm fed up ;)

Is there an *easy* way to reinstall all the currently installed packages?


Alexander Skwar
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