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    What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    I am a bit vague about the chronology but it seems that when "Update Manager" tried to install libnspr4-dev, it broke adobe-flashplugin.

    The resulting error message being "E: /var/cache/apt/archives/libnspr4-dev_4.7.1 +1.9-0ubuntu0.8.04.5_i386.deb: trying to overwrite '/usr/share/aclocal/nspr.m4' which is also in package mozilla-dev"

    I now find myself with two broken packages (adobe-flashplugin and libnss3-dev) and they have "unmet dependencies".

    A further message suggested "You might want to run `apt-get -f install' to correct these.".

    So I ran apt-get -f install

    and got:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Correcting dependencies... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    libnspr4-dev
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    libnspr4-dev
    0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    2 not fully installed or removed.
    Need to get 0B/258kB of archives.
    After this operation, 1430kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
    (Reading database ... 169702 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking libnspr4-dev (from .../libnspr4-dev_4.7.1+1.9-0ubuntu0.8.04.5_i386.deb) ...
    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libnspr4-dev_4.7.1+1.9-0ubuntu0.8.04.5_i386.deb (--unpack):
    trying to overwrite `/usr/share/aclocal/nspr.m4', which is also in package mozilla-dev
    dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    /var/cache/apt/archives/libnspr4-dev_4.7.1+1.9-0ubuntu0.8.04.5_i386.deb
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    So proceeded to sudo apt-get clean with no errors or anything ...

    Then sudo apt-get check

    which got me:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    You might want to run `apt-get -f install' to correct these.
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    adobe-flashplugin: Depends: libnspr4-dev but it is not installed
    libnss3-dev: Depends: libnspr4-dev but it is not installed
    E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.

    Which of course is where I started.

    Can anyone help? Please.

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    Re: What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    Did you try sudo dpkg --configure -a?

    If that doesnt work try:

    dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq adobe-flashplugin
    Last edited by rajeev1204; August 12th, 2009 at 07:18 PM.

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    Re: What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    Thanks for you prompt response.

    I did not try sudo dpkg --configure -a.

    The results are:

    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of libnss3-dev:
    libnss3-dev depends on libnspr4-dev; however:
    Package libnspr4-dev is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing libnss3-dev (--configure):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of adobe-flashplugin:
    adobe-flashplugin depends on libnspr4-dev; however:
    Package libnspr4-dev is not installed.
    adobe-flashplugin depends on libnss3-dev; however:
    Package libnss3-dev is not configured yet.
    dpkg: error processing adobe-flashplugin (--configure):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    libnss3-dev
    adobe-flashplugin

    So, as you suggested, I tried

    dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq adobe-flashplugin.

    And indeed, it is now gone.

    However, as might be expected I guess, libnss3-dev is not.

    I assume you will want me to (re)install adobe. Yes? But I think libnss needs dealing with first ...???

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    Re: What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    I thought Automatix was discontinued and so I searched and found this in the
    Wikipedia.

    From Wikipedia

    Automatix was discontinued in early 2008.[7]

    A new project called Ultamatix, compatible with Ubuntu 8.04, was based on Automatix, however, it does not work on Ubuntu 9.04.

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    Re: What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    Automatix was ugly (from a sysadmin and scripting point of view ...) and unstable (in that it changed your system without even bothering to ask you ...) like hell.

    DON'T USE IT.

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/...u-may-think-2/

    http://mjg59.livejournal.com/77440.html

    http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopi...st=0&sk=t&sd=a

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    Re: What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    I (now) realize that Automatix had issues and I will not use it again. However I still need guidance with my problem:

    1 - what to do with/about libnss3-dev

    2 - what to do about restoring adobe-flashplugin

    ...

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    Re: What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Langstracht View Post
    1 - what to do with/about libnss3-dev

    2 - what to do about restoring adobe-flashplugin
    ...
    1. Check your sources.list and files underneath sources.list.d
    ==> All those entries should point to *.ubuntu.com servers
    ==> comment out (= place a "#" in front of it) any other strange entries ...
    ... or simply come here and ask. The goal here is to remove anything
    that Automatix might have added.

    2. Underneath /etc/apt/sources.list.d you might have *.list files. Take a look at those. Same as above: if anything they should point to *.ubuntu.com or *.ppa.launchpad.net servers ... Be super-duper suspicious of anything that points anywhere else. Stuff you know for 100% sure _you_ added is OK ... but please remove anything that Automatix might have added.

    3. Once this is done:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get clean
    sudo apt-get update
    4. Resolving conflicting packages is ugly. I'd suggest to remove "mozilla-dev" (probably installed via Automatix?) because usually it's not so essential (I for example have tons of stuff but not that package ... so it can't be that important I guess?
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove mozilla-dev
    Once "mozilla-dev" is gone the package manager should resolve the remaining issues by itself.

    If it doesn't ... please give me the error messages you get after removing "mozilla-dev", OK?

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    Re: What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    What version of Ubuntu do you use? 9.04?

    /var/cache/apt/archives/libnspr4-dev_4.7.1+1.9-0ubuntu0.8.04.5_i386.deb
    If you aren't running Ubuntu 8.04, be worried, as it looks like it is trying to force an installation of an 8.04 package (and it's possibly deprecated package dependancies) onto what I presume to be your 9.04 Ubuntu installation.

    I suggest just to remove them, check your sources and ensure that nothing extraneous is in there, (this can be done by using "System -> Administration -> Software Sources" then install again.

    Regards
    Iain

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    Re: What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    Actually I AM running 8.04.

    So ... I should do what?

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    Re: What Automatix has wrought can someone (help me) rent asunder?

    Sorry I missed a message there ... but in response to scorp123 removing got me:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    You might want to run `apt-get -f install' to correct these:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    libnss3-dev: Depends: libnspr4-dev but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

    s-i-g-h-!-!-!

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