Gutsy upgrade nightmare

Art Edwards edwardsa at
Wed Nov 7 03:51:03 UTC 2007

Here is what I get when I try to remove texlive-lang-french:

Setting up texlive-lang-french (2007.dfsg.1-3) ...

Running mktexlsr. This may take some time... done.

Running updmap-sys. This may take some time... done.

Building format(s) --byhyphen .

        This may take some time... 

fmtutil-sys failed. Output has been stored in


Please include this file if you report a bug.

dpkg: error processing texlive-lang-french (--configure):

 subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1

I get this when I have asked to remove the package.

The file /tmp/fmtutil.YCGI8170 contains

fmtutil: no format depends on `//'.

emacs21 and xemacs21 just installed without problem. My issues had been
initially with emacs22, and xemacs22. I'm happy with something that
works, so I will retract my rant about emacs and xemacs. Sorry.

Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-11-06 at 00:46 -0700, Art Edwards wrote:
>> texlive-lang-french will now neither install nor de-install (using
>> apt-get, dpkg, dselect). In fact, the only way I made progress was to
>> "hold" that package in dselect.
>> emacs dies during install. I'm now working on my Feisty desktop where
>> everything still works. When I get the display working on the laptop, I
>> will attach the lines from installation.
> Please post error messages/logs, otherwise it's just a waste of time.
>> It appears that Ubuntu has made Xgl default, all in the name of eye-candy?
> Nope, it's AIGLX, which is now a regular part of X. And it's both in the
> name of eye-candy and usability, though many people contest the latter.
I have a couple of  related issues with this. First, for both nvidia and
ati cards,
one is required to use a restricted module, or a binary from the
manufacturer, u
less you want really slow graphics (indirect rendering). This violates
the spirit of GNU/Linux. I choose to use a binary driver, but I think
the default should be free, open software in a linux distribution,
especially one derived from Debian.
> Personally I think that there is much to learn about how to use 3D
> acceleration of the desktop to improve usability, but the exposé-like
> overview (F12 I think) is a definite winner, as is the new Alt-Tab
> behavior, and for I think that the desktop switch animation makes it
> much easier to new users to understand what is going on.
I think that's a hard argument to make. First, I think more of
productivity than usability. A bare-bones windowing system is usually
sufficient to get, say, 85%-90% of the possible productivity
enhancement. Only if you spend your life making video's would you notice
anything above raw X. I had beryl in feisty, but I found it more
distracting than helpful, so I dropped it.
> BTW, it also uses less CPU (though it probably sucks too much GPU if you
> need battery life)

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