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Thread: apt-get wants to Downgrade some packages

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    apt-get wants to Downgrade some packages

    The following packages will be DOWNGRADED:
    cvs dhcp3-common dhcp3-server dietlibc-dev falconseye falconseye-data fam
    glibc-doc gs-common gzip iproute ircii lbxproxy lftp lha libdps1 liblwres1
    libmailtools-perl libmysqlclient10 libnetpbm9 libxaw7 libxaw7-dev libxml1
    lynx man-db mikmod mime-support mpack mpg321 mysql-client mysql-common
    mysql-server netris nfs-common nfs-kernel-server pcmcia-cs proxymngr rsync
    samba-doc screen thttpd twm unzip wget xboing xdm xfonts-100dpi
    xfonts-100dpi-transcoded xfonts-75dpi xfonts-75dpi-transcoded xfonts-base
    xfonts-base-transcoded xfonts-scalable xfs xfwp xgalaga xnest xpdf
    xpdf-utils xserver-common xserver-xfree86 xterm xutils xvfb



    is there a way to stop it from asking me if i want to downgrade or not?

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    Care to tell us what you did to make it want to downgrade?
    Also what do you have in /etc/apt/apt.conf and sources.list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus
    Care to tell us what you did to make it want to downgrade?
    Also what do you have in /etc/apt/apt.conf and sources.list?
    i did not do anything .... I installed a few video-audio plugins from synaptic and next time i did an update and then upgrade asked me to downgrade all these or not.

    this is my sources list. It is the default.




    APT:efault-Release "testing";
    APT::Cache-Limit 10000000;
    Apt::Get::Purge;





    deb file:/var/cache/apt-build/repository apt-build main
    # /etc/apt/sources.list for Knoppix
    # If you want to do a "full upgrade", you should first
    # upgrade the Packages from Debian/unstable (KDE & Co.)
    # before doing a (dist-)upgrade for Debian/testing.
    #
    # See sources.list(5) for more information, especialy
    # Remember that you can only use http, ftp or file URIs
    # CDROMs are managed through the apt-cdrom tool.

    # Security updates for "stable"
    deb http://security.debian.org stable/updates main contrib non-free
    deb http://security.debian.org testing/updates main contrib non-free

    # Stable
    deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/pub/debian stable main contrib non-free
    deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/pub/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free

    # Stable Sources
    deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/pub/debian stable main contrib non-free
    deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/pub/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free

    # Testing
    deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/pub/debian testing main contrib non-free
    deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/pub/debian-non-US testing/non-US main contrib non-free

    # Testing Sources
    deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/pub/debian testing main contrib non-free
    deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/pub/debian-non-US testing/non-US main contrib non-free

    # Unstable
    deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
    deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free

    # Unstable Sources
    deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
    deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free

    # Experimental
    deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian ../project/experimental main contrib non-free

    # Experimental Sources
    deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian ../project/experimental main contrib non-free

    # Java
    deb ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/languages/java/linux/debian woody main non-free
    deb-src ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/languages/java/linux/debian woody main non-free
    deb ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/languages/java/linux/debian unstable main non-free
    deb-src ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/languages/java/linux/debian unstable main non-free

    # More wireless stuff
    deb http://debian.isg.ee.ethz.ch/public woody madwifi
    deb-src http://debian.isg.ee.ethz.ch/public woody madwifi
    deb http://debian.isg.ee.ethz.ch/public woody airo-mpi
    deb-src http://debian.isg.ee.ethz.ch/public woody airo-mpi
    # deb ftp://ftp.tcweb.org/pub/debian unstable main
    # deb-src ftp://ftp.tcweb.org/pub/debian unstable main

    # Blades Repository (pppoeconf & co)
    # deb http://people.debian.org/~blade/testing ./
    # deb-src http://people.debian.org/~blade/testing ./

    # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 r3 _Potato_ - Official i386 Binary-1 (20010427)]/ unstable contrib main non-US/contrib non-US/main
    deb http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian sid main
    deb-src http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian sid main

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    Knoppix is a mix of testing, unstable and even stable I think.
    If you remember which packages you got with synaptic you could check from which tree they were with: apt-cache policy packagename
    Looks to me like you got some from testing and now it wants to downgrade the ones depending on them also to testing.
    What happens with: apt-get -s -t unstable install packagename_you_installed and_another_one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus
    Knoppix is a mix of testing, unstable and even stable I think.
    If you remember which packages you got with synaptic you could check from which tree they were with: apt-cache policy packagename
    Looks to me like you got some from testing and now it wants to downgrade the ones depending on them also to testing.
    What happens with: apt-get -s -t unstable install packagename_you_installed and_another_one


    apt-get -s -t unstable install avifile-divx-plugin
    Reading Package Lists... Done
    Building Dependency Tree... Done
    avifile-divx-plugin is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 568 not upgraded.




    apt-cache policy avifile-divx-plugin
    avifile-divx-plugin:
    Installed: 1:0.7.38.20030710-1.1
    Candidate: 1:0.7.38.20030710-1.1
    Version Table:
    *** 1:0.7.38.20030710-1.1 0
    99 http://ftp.de.debian.org unstable/contrib Packages
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status




    this plugin was 1 of the 10 i got yesterday




    what is going to happen if i hit Y to downgrade and then try to upgrade again? will it let me upgrade them or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimGR
    APT:efault-Release "testing";
    APT::Cache-Limit 10000000;
    Apt::Get::Purge;
    I'd say that the testing there is why your getting testing packages unless you specify unstable.
    Did you tell synaptic to get from unstable?
    I don't suppose downgrading the packages will do much harm, but then again, I have never downgraded as I run a pure unstable so I can't tell for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus
    Quote Originally Posted by DimGR
    APT:efault-Release "testing";
    APT::Cache-Limit 10000000;
    Apt::Get::Purge;
    I'd say that the testing there is why your getting testing packages unless you specify unstable.
    Did you tell synaptic to get from unstable?
    I don't suppose downgrading the packages will do much harm, but then again, I have never downgraded as I run a pure unstable so I can't tell for sure.
    so if i just replace the word testing with unstable everything will be fine ?

    i did not specify from where to download the plugins ...

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    Don't know about fine but at least you'll be getting packages from one branch only which will make life a lot easier.
    What will happen is that it's going to upgrade the whole system to unstable so you'll probably want to check commands like
    dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/package.......deb
    A shorter way to do this would be a dist-upgrade but from what I've read, others have had lots of problems with that command.

    FWIW you might want to repeat the -t unstable install with the other packages as well or at least check them with policy to find out whats downgrading your system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus
    Don't know about fine but at least you'll be getting packages from one branch only which will make life a lot easier.
    What will happen is that it's going to upgrade the whole system to unstable so you'll probably want to check commands like
    dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/package.......deb
    A shorter way to do this would be a dist-upgrade but from what I've read, others have had lots of problems with that command.

    FWIW you might want to repeat the -t unstable install with the other packages as well or at least check them with policy to find out whats downgrading your system.

    but i had installed and i have been with Sid unstable. HOw did it become "testing" ?

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    Hmm, what did you install?
    Knoppix is not pure sid. It's as said, a mix of sid, sarge and I think even woody.

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