Debian: Apt-Get Failures
I decided to play with Debian again, can’t recall why – it just seemed like a good idea at the time. So I grabbed my netinstall CD and installed Debian Etch (or Debian version 4.0). As expected, it installed without a hitch and all hardware except my PCMCIA wireless adapter was found and set up. The whole system worked fine.
At this point, it is important to note that apt (and aptitude) worked fine and had no issues installing software for me. So I opened my
sources.list file and changed all instances of “etch” to “lenny” (If you need an explanation of the naming conventions go here) and ran
apt-get update followed by
apt-get dist-upgrade and then
apt-get -f dist-upgrade and I get the following:
apt-get -y -f dist-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded
So, I’m a bit stuck. I’ve tried adding and removing different repositories and I even tried jumping straight to Debian Sid. I tried replacing
lenny to see if that was it, I’ve searched and I can’t work out what’s wrong with the @”Â£!&%@ thing. In case I was being an idiot, and that is very possible, I checked the version number:
But nope, it didn’t upgrade and not tell me.
Frankly, I’m a wee bit unhappy – using apt is one of the great things about Debian (apart from the stability and available packages) and I was looking forward to using it. As much as I like installing from source (and I do) I liked the idea of a light, lean system with a decent package manager. Debian is, after all, almost as old as Slackware and easily as revered.
If I can’t fix this I’m going back to Slackware. Currently, I am unable to install anything with apt and I can’t figure out why. At least with Slackware i knew what I was doing.