On Debian 6 servers dependency issues are preventing me from installing nis (or any package). When I try to resolve that issue I get a python error. How do I get past this issue and re-gain the ability to install packages?
I have googled and found a few people reporting the same error message, but no one had a solution. I also checked SE to no avail. This is affecting 10s of servers at my company.
root 7 # apt-get install nis Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these: The following packages have unmet dependencies: libglib2.0-dev : Depends: libglib2.0-0 (= 2.24.2-1) but 2.40.0-2 is to be installed nis : Depends: libdbus-glib-1-2 (>= 0.78) but it is not going to be installed Depends: libslp1 but it is not going to be installed E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).
So then I tried to resolve this by following the suggestion:
root 8 # apt-get -f install Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Correcting dependencies... Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: xfonts-encodings ttf-dejavu-core xfonts-utils libxfont1 libpango1.0-common libdb5.1 libxcb-render-util0 Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them. The following extra packages will be installed: libglib2.0-dev Suggested packages: libglib2.0-doc The following packages will be upgraded: libglib2.0-dev 1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 559 not upgraded. 42 not fully installed or removed. Need to get 0 B/2642 kB of archives. After this operation, 3982 kB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libglib2.0-dev_2.40.0-2_amd64.deb (--unpack): parse error, in file '/var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/control' near line 7 package 'libglib2.0-dev': `Depends' field, invalid package name `python:any': character `:' not allowed (only letters, digits and characters `-+._') configured to not write apport reports Errors were encountered while processing: /var/cache/apt/archives/libglib2.0-dev_2.40.0-2_amd64.deb E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) root 9 #
I also tried
but this just told me to do
apt-get -f install
I tried to look at the offending file but I got this:
root 11 # cat /var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/control /var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/control: No such file or directory
root 14 # apt-cache policy nis libglib2.0-dev libglib2.0-0 libdbus-glib-1-2 libslp1 libglib2.0-0: Installed: 2.40.0-2 Candidate: 2.40.0-2 Version table: *** 2.40.0-2 0 500 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable/main amd64 Packages 100 /var/lib/dpkg/status libdbus-glib-1-2: Installed: (none) Candidate: 0.102-1 Version table: 0.102-1 0 500 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable/main amd64 Packages libglib2.0-dev: Installed: 2.24.2-1 Candidate: 2.40.0-2 Version table: 2.40.0-2 0 500 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable/main amd64 Packages *** 2.24.2-1 0 100 /var/lib/dpkg/status nis: Installed: (none) Candidate: 3.17-33 Version table: 3.17-33 0 500 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable/main amd64 Packages libslp1: Installed: (none) Candidate: 1.2.1-9 Version table: 1.2.1-9 0 500 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable/main amd64 Packages
apt-cache policy Package files: 100 /var/lib/dpkg/status release a=now 500 http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates/main Translation-en 500 http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates/main amd64 Packages release v=7.0,o=Debian,a=stable,n=wheezy,l=Debian-Security,c=main origin security.debian.org 500 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable/main Translation-en 500 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable/main amd64 Packages release o=Debian,a=unstable,n=sid,l=Debian,c=main origin ftp.us.debian.org Pinned packages: