Re: apt-get newbie
From: default (default_at_default.com)
Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2004 22:12:14 GMT
> -apt-get update yields a bunch of "unable to fetch file" [not found]
> errors. I assume that my sources.list is no good. Does this list usually
> have a single entry that works, or lots of entries?
You were running this as SU, right? If so, then I don't know what is going
on. Are you behind a firewall or proxy server of some sort?
> -apt-get upgrade was nervewracking because it updated close to 200
> packages, but it seems to have worked. This inclines me to believe that
> my sources.list is at least functional
> -[kind of a general question about Lx software] Why would packages depend
> packages. e.g: Xerces 1.1 requires
> ...which I learn is in gcc-2.95.1-3.src.rpm, apparently. But I have gcc
> Am I misunderstanding the problem(s)? I am looking at synaptic
> now...seems helpful but so far is just a pretty way of seeing the same
I'm fairly new to Linux myself, and I found this guy's page very helpful for
setting up apt-get and Synaptic on my FC1 machine.
I don't even bother with up2date anymore, because apt-get is so much faster
and IMO much more reliable.
There is one small issue with Synaptic that I've run into on more than one
occasion. If you upgrade a lot of packages at once, and it fails, you might
get multiple versions of the same package installed. When this happens,
you'll get a very long error message and it's impossible to click the OK
button, because it's off the screen. Synaptic is pretty much stuck at this
point, and you'll have to reboot the machine. The way I get around this is
to only update 4 or 5 packages at a time. If it fails, then you can get
back into Synaptic and uninstall the older versions.
If someone has a better solution for this Synaptic issue, I'd love to hear
brianh AT ptgroup DOT com