Mike Leone on Tue, 30 Sep 2003 21:26:07 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Seriously broken Debian package manager

Stephen Gran (steve@lobefin.net) had this to say on 09/30/03 at 19:21: 
> On Tue, Sep 30, 2003 at 05:19:04PM -0400, Mike Leone said:
> > <SIGH>
> > 
> > Pointers? I can't seem to find anything useful by googling around, but that
> > may be because I'm stressed out and entering bad search terms. :-(
> Does dpkg -i /var/cache/apt/archives/something.deb work?  


> If so, try to
> get the sarge perl installed.  If not, you can take the deb and unpack
> it manually (dpkg-deb -x perl.deb temp_dir/) and manually copy stuff in,
> and then manually run the postinst script.  If there is a preinst script,
> it should be run before the copies are added, if possible.  It sounds
> like perl is in an unconfigured state, and since all the higher level
> parts of the dpkg system are written in perl, that'll screw your system.
> dpkg itself is in c++, though, so if you can install or at least extract
> and copy the debs, you may be able to get it back to sane.
> Good luck,

Thanks; I'll try that tomorrow.

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