telling apt to ignore some package dependencies

Jason Joines joines at
Thu Nov 8 18:53:16 UTC 2007

-------- Original Message  --------
Subject: Re: telling apt to ignore some package dependencies
From: NoOp <glgxg at>
To: ubuntu-users at
Date: Thu Nov  8 10:05:30 2007
> On 11/08/2007 07:11 AM, Jason Joines wrote:
>>     I needed OpenOffice 2.3 in Kubuntu 7.04 Feisty and wanted the KDE 
>> integration.  The install from the packages from kept 
>> freezing and the KDE integration did not work at all.  So, I downloaded 
>> the debs from the Ubuntu archive for 7.10 Gutsy and forecefully 
>> installed them.  They seem to work great.  However, when I try to 
>> install anything else apt-get complains about all the broken 
>> dependencies with openoffice packages and won't install anything else.  
>> I thought apt_preferences might be able to handle this.  Is there any 
>> way I can tell it just to ingore all the openoffice dependency issues?
>> Jason Joines
>> =================================
> If you want to uninstall the Gutsy version, use these instructions to
> install the standard OOo:
> <>
> If you want a version with some added extras, install OxygenOffice:
> [download & install OOo_2.3.0_071010_unxlngi6_install.tar.gz for the
> english version]
> That said, you might want to look into installing Gutsy.

    As mentioned in my original post, I'd already installed the debs 
from  The kde integration did not work and the install 
was buggy and kept freezing.  Actually it would freeze almost my entire 
display.  I couldn't do anything with my running desktop other than move 
the mouse pointer, couldn't select anything, change applications, and 
couldn't change to virtual consoles.  I either had to power the system 
off and back on or connect to it via ssh from another system and restard 

    I'll check out OxygenOffice.

    Yeah, I may do a Gutsy install at some point.  I just have a lot of 
stuff set up the way I want it and don't want to have to start over just 
to get OpenOffice working as desired.

    I'd still like to know if there's a way to tell apt to ingore the 
dependencies just in openoffice.


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