How to clean up apt-get

Steve smorrey at
Fri Sep 16 00:23:30 MDT 2005

Tyler Strickland wrote:

> On 09/15/2005 11:48 PM, Al Byers wrote:
>> I tried using apt-get to install some packages and ran into dependency
>> hell. I don't want to continue working with them. How do I get them to
>> go away? I have tried "clean" and "remove" options, but nothing is
>> in /var/cache/apt... anyway. Where do these packages come from? Why do
>> they keep showing up and how can I get rid of them?
>> byersa at ubuntu:/var/cache/apt/archives/partial$ sudo apt-get -f install
>> Reading package lists... Done
>> Building dependency tree... Done
>> Correcting dependencies... failed.
>> The following packages have unmet dependencies:
>>   libssl-dev: Depends: libssl0.9.7 (= 0.9.7e-3ubuntu0.1) but 0.9.7g-2 is
>> installed
>>   libssl0.9.7: Depends: libc6 (>= 2.3.2.ds1-21) but 2.3.2.ds1-20ubuntu13
>> is installed
>>   ymessenger: Depends: libssl0.9.6 but it is not installable
>> E: Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be
>> caused by held packages.
>> E: Unable to correct dependencies
>> b
> The tool to use for low-level package management is dpkg.  For 
> example: 'dpkg -r <packagename>' will remove a package.  The man page 
> also describes other options to force removal even with dependency 
> issues.
> As for the libssl issues, I use debian, not Ubuntu, and I'm not sure 
> how exactly they differ in repository management.  My guess would be 
> one of:
>     a) There's some sort of transition going on in the repository
>     b) You're hooked up to multiple repositories hosting the same
>         files with different versioning schemes
> I'll let the Ubuntu guys on the list give you a better answer for that 
> question.
> --Tyler
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I remember dependency hell.  It's a vague and distant, yet unpleasant 
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