I updated my Debian installation at home and it updated chromium to the (IMO) awfull 35.0 version. I removed it by using apt-get remove chromium and apt-get autoremove. I went here and grabbed the .deb for the 34.0 version I had previously installed. I used dpkg -i filename.deb to install it, but there were unmet dependencies:

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of chromium:
 chromium depends on libc6 (>= 2.15); however:
  Version of libc6:amd64 on system is 2.13-38+deb7u3.
 chromium depends on libfontconfig1 (>= 2.11); however:
  Version of libfontconfig1:amd64 on system is 2.9.0-7.1.
 chromium depends on libgcrypt20 (>= 1.6.1); however:
  Package libgcrypt20 is not installed.
 chromium depends on libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.37.3); however:
  Version of libglib2.0-0:amd64 on system is 2.33.12+really2.32.4-5.
 chromium depends on libpango-1.0-0 (>= 1.22.0); however:
  Package libpango-1.0-0 is not installed.
 chromium depends on libpangocairo-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0); however:
  Package libpangocairo-1.0-0 is not installed.
 chromium depends on libudev1 (>= 183); however:
  Package libudev1 is not installed.
 chromium depends on chromium-inspector; however:
  Package chromium-inspector is not installed.

Which I thought was odd, since it claims some libraries are "too old", even though I just updated the system (and chromium, which I assume depends on those libraries being in their latest version too).

Anyway I used apt-get -f install to fix them, but apt "fixed" it by updating the package to the latest version (35.0) and downloading the dependencies in their latest version too.

So... Is there a way to automatically fix those dependencies without updating chromium to 35.0, or do I have to download every dependency in their "correct" version? Wouldn't that cause some conflicts?

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Turns out I only needed to install chromium-inspector (not to be confused with chromium-browser-inspector) and chromium. For some reason it "fixed" the other dependencies.

The procedure was the following:

  • Export bookmarks to a .html file (via Chromium's Bookmark Manager)
  • Backup configs (cp -r ~/.config/chromium BAK)
  • apt-get purge chromium
  • apt-get autoremove (to remove chromium-inspector)
  • rm -rf ~/.config/chromium (because the profile was updated to 35.0 and conflicts with 34.0)
  • Download chromium_34.0 and chromium-inspector_34.0 (links for amd64).
  • cd into the download folder and dpkg -i $(ls | grep -i inspector) and then dpkg -i $(ls | grep -i amd) (for amd64)
  • Finally, apt-mark hold chromium and apt-mark hold chromium-inspector
  • Import the exported bookmarks and re-download extensions, etc.

You want to hold that package at it's current version. Make sure you have apt-mark installed. After installing chromium version 34, use this command

apt-mark hold chromium

Then rerun

apt-get install -f
  • Thanks! However, I'm now getting an error when trying to fix the dependencies.
    – Alex
    Jul 16, 2014 at 21:44
  • It looks like you have several packages that are not installable for some reason, libgcrypt20 (>= 1.6.1), libpango-1.0-0 (>= 1.22.0), libpangocairo-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libudev1 (>= 183). They may no longer be available for download. I would use aptitude to see if it can resolve the dependencies. It's never easy to go backwards in packages. :(
    – Sepero
    Jul 16, 2014 at 22:12

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