A Tip For “Unmet Dependencies” in Ubuntu

Just finished fixing some “unmet dependencies” that had removed some programs on my mother’s computer.

Interestingly, it wasn’t corruption like the Google results suspected. Well… not on our end. I ended up finding an interesting solution.

Install aptitude. Instead of apt-get’s “Can’t meet dependencies. We’ll just keep these uninstalled.”, you’ll get “Can’t meet dependencies. I propose we just keep these uninstalled. Ok?”

In our case, when I said “No, it’s not OK”, it then proposed downgrading half of KDE from the version provided by the maverick-security repo to the (insecure, I assume) version provided by the plain, ordinary maverick repo.

Now I finally know why some people prefer aptitude to apt-get. “Error?” is preferable to “error” any day.

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