I installed and configured Debian 7.2 Wheezy AMD64 few days ago, I spent days configuring everything out and installing useful apps etc, so finally I tried to install Wine.
And what happened?
Dependency problem - libc6 is version 2.13 but it should be 2.17 to satisfy Wine. Unfortunately, there is no stable version available so I used sid to install libc6 2.17. It got installed, but, after finishing installation, all commands stopped working. I was unable to call any command, it just reports that command is NOT found. I thought that reboot may fix the problem, so I done hard-reboot and after GRUB menu it stucks:

switch_root can't execute '/sbin/init' no such file or directory
Kernel Panic - not syncing

And my Debian is now is in unusable state. I have Dual Boot with Windows 7 64-bit. I also have Debian 7.2 Wheezy AMD64 live on USB flash so I can use it for repair.

I do not have enough experience with Debian based distros to solve this. Can someone give me step-by-step guide?

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    Somewhat off-topic, but how did you install Wine? I think it's weird it wouldn't work with the libc provided... As for the solution, normally I would advice chrooting into the installation with a liveCD, but I think you'll be getting the same error. You could try to copy all /lic/libc files from the live environment into the new system, and once you have it running, reinstall the proper libc.
    – Halfgaar
    Commented Feb 2, 2014 at 21:27
  • I tried to install latest version of Wine, not one from the repository.
    – xZero
    Commented Feb 2, 2014 at 22:01
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    If you need to run a modern version of wine, it's probably best to do so on a distribution which already provides the necessary dependencies. Mixing and matching from different Debian versions is generally a recipe for disaster and should be avoided when possible. Commented Feb 2, 2014 at 22:11
  • The thing is that this method is worked on Debian 7 Wheezy x86.... So I didn't expected problems like this.
    – xZero
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 0:11
  • It will take some serious Linux chops to recover the Debian system so it works again (copying over a bunch of /lib/ files from a rescue CD to the broken system, removing cached ld files by hand, etc.) Is there any important data that would be lost if you reinstall?
    – samiam
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 0:35

1 Answer 1


To repair libc6, start your Debian-based rescue system from the USB flash, mount your broken system partition and prepare a chroot environment using

mount --bind /proc MOUNTPATH/proc 
mount --rbind /dev MOUNTPATH/dev
mount --bind /sys MOUNTPATH/sys

Download the libc6 2.13-38 package for your architecture (probably amd64) from http://packages.debian.org/wheezy/libc6 and install it using dpkg -root=MOUNTPATH PATH_TO_DEBFILE. Probably you need to add some --force- flags. See the man page of dpkg for details. If this does not work, you can extract files using dpkg-deb -X and then copy it to the correct folder and run ldconfig -r MOUNTPATH.

After this you should be able to chroot to MOUNTPATH and run update-initramfs -u to update your initrd. Now your system should boot again. The package dependencies are probably still broken and need to be fixed by uninstalling/downgrading packages.

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