Re: Debian Woody and 1.99.3

From: Jack Dodds (
Date: Mon Aug 18 2003 - 20:25:08 EDT

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    Hubert Figuiere wrote:

    >According to Greg Madden <>:
    >> the depends for Abiword 1.99.x are far to many to do a dpkg -i on the
    >>packages. Even doing 'apt-get sorce -b' with Sid src in the sources
    >>list ptobably won't work, to many additional pakages will have to be
    >>builts, not for the faint of heart. There is a reason Abiword 1.99.x
    >>is not in Testing, don't expect it to work in Woody :)
    >Try fetching the GNOME 2.2 Debian package for Woody that are available
    >from a link on website....
    >If you get that, you solve most dependencies.
    >Anyway, YMMV as I haven't tried myself, I run sid everywhere....
    Thanks for the suggestion, Hub. It worked, but the result was not quite
    what I intended. The procedure was roughly this, just in case someone
    else wants to try. (Actually I went through a much messier sequence,
    which I won't bother describing, before I figured out the right things
    to do).

    This was based in part on information in:

    I added to the /etc/sources.list file the line


    I removed the 1.99.3 packages that I had previously attempted to install
    (which were the .rpm files from the Abiword site converted to .deb
    using alien):

    dpkg -r abiword abiword-clipart abiword-embeddable
    abiword-plugins-impexp abiword-plugins-tools


    apt-get update
    apt-get install gnome-core gdm gtk2-engines*
    apt-get install abiword abiword-common aspell-en libaspell15 libfribidi0

    This installed Abiword 1.9.1, but unfortunately also uninstalled KDE,
    upgraded Gnome to 2.2, upgraded X to 4.2.1, and made Gnome the default
    desktop environment. If I now updated Abiword to 1.99.3 using the rpms
    from the Abiword site, I expect that all the needed libraries would be
    there. Unfortunately my system now is not really Woody any more! So
    I'm probably going to try downgrading to pure Woody, then try upgrading
    to Abiword 1.99.3, perhaps using the Sid packages, as someone else has
    suggested on this list.

    All I can say is, I'm getting plenty of experience with apt-get!


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