Joined: May 2004
||Posted: May 13 2004,13:41
I'm a bit of a fiddler and i'm generally not too bothered if I end up breaking my DSL install, since it takes about two minutes to start from scratch
When i've had problems like that, I will generally go to packages.debian.org in Dillo/firefox and download the packages by hand, then use dpkg -i [filename] to install them. During the install, dpkg will tell you what dependencies are unfulfilled so you can go and get those packages too. It can be boring if there's a lot of dependencies.
AFAIK it's because DSL doesn't really use one set of packages e.g. from "stable" or "unstable", but mixes them up, making the dependencies a little confused. (That could be completely wrong though
The main thing is to get an appropriate version. A crappy example would be that perhaps the version of wine apt-get is looking for is from the stable debian distro, but your default DSL installation includes some package (that wine needs) that is from the unstable section. So apt-get is confused by the versions and gives up.
Obviously, ignoring dependencies in this way can completely wreck your installation, but using Bonzai or a full debian would be the easy way out! If you can take the risk of screwing your install, you learn a lot more trying to fix it :>