Potato->woody upgrade fails

Sam Couter sam at couter.dropbear.id.au
Fri Nov 8 12:28:51 EST 2002

Gary Woodman <antigramp at yahoo.com.au> wrote:
> I'm assuming there is a problem with the control information on my
> machine, some "undefined value" in the global database or some package
> info. It's difficult to believe that I'm the only person suffering from
> a gross bug in /usr/lib/perl5/Debian/DebConf/Question.pm.

potato -> woody (major version to the next) upgrades are fully supported
and heavily tested in Debian.

If you can work out which bit is broken (and how), submit a bug report
of severity "serious" in Debian's BTS: http://bugs.debian.org/

> It's no big deal to reinstall woody from scratch, but I expected more
> from Debian. Does anyone have a clue what's happening here? Any
> suggestions as to how I can proceed with the upgrade?

I'd start with re-installing just the suspect packages first. You could
start with dpkg, debconf, apt and dselect:

apt-get install --reinstall dpkg debconf apt dselect

And then see if the install finishes.
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