Oh gods, but what a horrible flashback to my early Linux days and my nightmares of dependency hell. Package A would require package B. Package B would require package C. It was one of the things that drove me away from Linux during my first

The proliferation of Linux package managers – Portage, Aptitude, Pacman, and YUM – have raised us from those dreary dark days, but you can still run into it if you stray off the beaten path and install packages by hand.

[root][Downloads] # dpkg -i python-gtkhtml2_2.25.3-3ubuntu1.9.10.1_i386.deb
Selecting previously deselected package python-gtkhtml2.
(Reading database ... 144293 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking python-gtkhtml2 (from python-gtkhtml2_2.25.3-3ubuntu1.9.10.1_i386.deb) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of python-gtkhtml2:
python-gtkhtml2 depends on libgtkhtml2-0 (>= 2.11.1); however:
Package libgtkhtml2-0 is not installed.
dpkg: error processing python-gtkhtml2 (--install):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:

To explain the above for a lay reader: In order to install the program phython-gtkhtml2…I was required to have phython-gtkhtml2 already installed.


Mark Grealish

Dashing brigand, handsome rapscallion, father, crazy cat lady and the world's greatest lover and liar, living in Dublin, Ireland.

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