Debian Mess

Robert Spangler spangler.robert at
Tue Aug 5 16:53:27 EDT 2008

Is it easy to install Gnome in Slackware?  That was one of my other 
favorite distros and if I can do it on there it would be great.

Steve Holmes wrote:
> Hash: RIPEMD160
> Wow, it sounds like you fell into a hole and dug in some and now it is
> falling in on top of you. <smile>  If you don't have too much invested
> in this setup, that is, not too much personal data or work of art or
> whatever, you may want to wipe and start over.  I had to do that a
> while back with Slackware because I tried re-installing X after having
> part of Dropline Gnome installed and nothing worked right after that
> so I just blew it all away and started over with a brand new install
> of Slackware 12.0 at that time and then installed the gnome stuff and
> I've been OK since.  I like Debian's dependancy tracking and all, but
> I wonder if it goes too far some times.
> On Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 02:48:58PM -0400, Robert Spangler wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Wow, this is messy.  I attempted to aptitude remove at-spi and it offered 
>> to fix some dependency issues by removing gnome-accessibility, gnome-orca, 
>> and Dasher along with some other accessibility stuff.  I tried to find a 
>> way to prevent it from doing this but could not so ended up letting it 
>> remove it all.  Then when I tried to compile atk from source, it complained 
>> that some stuff was missing like gettext and gtk-doc.  I couldn't find them 
>> as Debian packages so I installed them from source.  (I think part of this 
>> is that there isn't a section on the Orca web site describing how to set up 
>> the build environment on Debian!) so I went back there and followed the 
>> instructions for Ubuntu, thinking they would be close enough.  I did 
>> apt-get build-dep gnome-orca and somewhere along the line some package 
>> called gnome-mag failed and insists on failing.  So I attempted to 
>> reinstall it but it still insists on failing.  Thinking that it may be a 
>> bug with the repository (I am using unstable) I did a aptitude update and 
>> dist-upgrade.  This brought up even another mess!  Remember how earlier I 
>> switched to lilo? Apparently, there is a new kernel available and it thinks 
>> I still have grub, so it tried to update my boot stuff by running a script 
>> called grub-update!  LOL it's all a mess.  Ease of use?
>> I love playing with other distros and have found Debian to be the easiest 
>> as far as getting the desktop environment to work but still declare LFS to 
>> be my favorite.
>> Thanks all,
>> Robby
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