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[Synaptic-devel] 0.44pre4 strange state

From: Kim Kulak
Subject: [Synaptic-devel] 0.44pre4 strange state
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 15:50:49 -0700
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030918 Debian/1.4-4

Hello Michael and everyone else,

I've managed to get synaptic into a strange state where it won't install or remove any packages. This is using synaptic built from the 0.44pre4 tarball on a mixed Debian stable/unstable.

I followed these steps:
1 - Update list.
2 - Upgrade all. Check what was to be upgraded and marked a few packages to be kept. Something I do all the time.
3 - Proceed. Synaptic then:
3.1 - Downloaded the needed packages.
3.2 -  Opened the "Perforing changes" terminal window:
3.2.1 - There was a question about updating smb.conf file. Samba was one
of the packages being updated. I chose the default option of "No".
3.2.2 - Immediately went to "Update finished - you can close the window now".

Now whenever I try to update, install, or remove a package synaptic doesn't do it. When I click the Proceed button it opens the "Performing Changes" window and immediately displays "Update finished - you can close the window now".

I tried aptitude and dselect and they still work. They are such a bother to use after synaptic that I will wait and get synaptic working again before I do my update!

To look for error messages I went into "Preferences", and turned off "Use terminal window when running the package manager". Then ran synaptic from a terminal window. In this state when I clicked "Proceed" synaptic opened the "Performing Changes" window and crashed with a Segmentation fault.

Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help track down these problems. I need my synaptic back ;-)


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