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I created a minimal install on my Raspbian Raspberry Pi running Debian Jessie. Among other things, I removed libx11-.* and dependencies, which included removal of policykit-1. I'm trying to reinstall policykit-1, but hit the following errors.

$ sudo apt-get install policykit-1
The following packages will be REMOVED:
dpkg: sysvinit-core: dependency problems, but removing anyway as you requested:
 sysvinit depends on sysvinit-core | upstart | systemd-sysv; however:
  Package sysvinit-core is to be removed.
  Package upstart is not installed.
  Package systemd-sysv is not installed.

After this, booting now hangs, and I have to restore the SD card to an image before this install command. (N.B. booting worked fine before the creation of the minimal install, and after the removal of libx11-.* and dependencies.) How can I reinstall policykit-1?


This worked for a little while, but no longer.

There is a long thread here discussing how policykit-1 can break your system in Debian. I didn't read it all, but this (closed) bug report suggests that systemd-shim might be helpful.

Running the following command allowed me to reboot the computer, although I'm unsure as to how functional policykit-1 is.

sudo apt-get install systemd-shim policykit-1

However, a recent update to Debian Jessie prevents this from working. policykit-1 was uninstalled after sudo apt-get dist-upgrade, and running this command still asks you to uninstall sysvinit-core.

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