Matthew Rosewarne on 12 Jan 2007 20:18:18 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] apt interdependencies

On Friday 12 January 2007 14:39, Art Alexion wrote:
> The DEBs install in /opt and seems to run fine.  I have no use
> for the OOo 2.0.2 that comes with Kubuntu Dapper.  I tried to remove it
> with 'apt-get remove openoffice-*'

Could that version of OOo perhaps tide you over until the next release of 
Ubuntu?  Unless you'd like to become a developer, you probably should really 
wait for your distributor to release their updated packages.  Making good 
packages isn't trivial, and throwing together random tarballs & RPMs from 3rd 
parties are likely to fill your system with files in wacky locations, if not 
break it outright.

If you absolutely need 2.1 right away, there are packages for Debian 
experimental and Ubuntu "Fiesty" available.  How compatible they might be 
with your Ubuntu version is not something I would know, but they would 
probably be much more so than RPMs from

>  I downloaded OOo 2.1 from the OOo website and converted the RPMs to DEBs
> with alien.
Alien really should not be used for that sort of thing.  DEBs are complex 
beasts and their design is just fundamentally different from RPMs.  If you 
really want to make a DEB, you might consider doing it the proper (albeit 
harder) way instead with dpkg.  It would probably make it easier to grab the 
source DEBs from your repository and simply replace the OOo 2.0.2 tarball 
with the new one and update the package info.
Info on how to make DEBs can be found in the Debian Policy Manual @

> The following packages will be REMOVED:
>   aspell aspell-en dictionaries-common gnome-spell kubuntu-desktop
>   mozilla-thunderbird myspell-en-gb myspell-en-us
> Am I going to get into some kind of endless loop if I allow apt to remove
> them, and then try to reinstall them afterwords?  Will they claim the
> openoffice files as dependencies?

These are probably being removed because the OOo DEBs you made with alien 
conflict with them.  It would be helpful if you could post the whole summary 
of changes that apt proposes.

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