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This is a fresh install of debian. I have edited my preferences and sources.list to be just like those on another system that worked in January. I just tried it on the other system and it fails there too. The apt-get -t unstable install gnome fails saying that there are dependencies that will not be installed. Is this broken? How can I get it to work? Thanks, Adam __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! SiteBuilder - Free, easy-to-use web site design software http://sitebuilder. -- To UNSUBSCRIBE, email to debian.org with a subject of "unsubscribe". Trouble? Contact debian.org...

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    Default apt-get -t unstable install gnome fails with unmet dependencies

    This is a fresh install of debian. I have edited my preferences and
    sources.list to be just like those on another system that worked in
    January. I just tried it on the other system and it fails there too.
    The apt-get -t unstable install gnome fails saying that there are
    dependencies that will not be installed. Is this broken? How can I
    get it to work?

    Thanks,
    Adam


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    Default Re: apt-get -t unstable install gnome fails with unmet dependencies

    On Tuesday 26 August 2003 23:08, Adam wrote: 

    apt will not automatically install packages from unstable if they aren't
    explicitly listed. Try installing the proper packages from unstable, this
    should fix it.

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    Default Re: apt-get -t unstable install gnome fails with unmet dependencies

    Nicos Gollan wrote: 
    >
    >
    > apt will not automatically install packages from unstable if they aren't
    > explicitly listed. Try installing the proper packages from unstable, this
    > should fix it.
    >[/ref]

    Umm, sure it will, that is the whole point of the '-t unstable' flag.
    'apt-get -t unstable install gnome' works on my gnome1.4 testing box[at
    least it lists packages to install/upgrade...]. OP: usually apt will
    tell you what exactly are the unmet dependencies, just try to install
    them directly along with gnome or reporting the exact error message.

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    Default Re: apt-get -t unstable install gnome fails with unmet dependencies

    On Tuesday 26 August 2003 23:08, Adam wrote: 
    too. 

    apt will not automatically install packages from unstable if they
    aren't
    explicitly listed. Try installing the proper packages from unstable,
    this
    should fix it.

    I thought the -t unstable was supposed to tell it to install
    dependencies from unstable. There are a large number of dependencies,
    some of which (like gnome-core) have a large number of dependencies of
    their own. There must be a better way than installing each package by
    hand, I thought that was the whole point of having apt.

    The fact that it doesn't work on the system it worked on before makes
    me suspect the gnome package is simply broken.

    Adam


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    Default Re: apt-get -t unstable install gnome fails with unmet dependencies

    Hi,

    Nicos Gollan <de> writes:
     
    > >
    > > Umm, sure it will, that is the whole point of the '-t unstable' flag.[/ref]
    >
    > That depends on your pinning. I have testing at 400 and unstable at 300; apt
    > won't follow unstable dependencies here.[/ref]

    No. The "-t unstable" overrides the pinning. man apt-get:

    -t

    --target-release

    --default-release
    This option controls the default input to the policy engine, it
    creates a default pin at priority 990 using the specified
    release string.

    so, unless you have some source with a pin > 990, it should work. (it
    works for me, with stable at pin 989, testing 500 and unstable 105).

    Regards,

    Jaume

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