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I have a broken package... So far nothing horrible. The problem is that it is Plymouth, and it seems that if I remove it, I will remove half of the packages of my system... So here is my question: if I actually remove, or even purge plymouth; will I at least have a terminal left after it to reinstall it? Or am I definitely doomed?

Just to illustrate what I say; here is the result of an

apt-get --reinstall install plymouth:

julien@julien-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get --reinstall install plymouth
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Reinstallation of plymouth is not possible, it cannot be downloaded.
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 plymouth : Depends: libdrm-nouveau1 (>= 2.4.11-1ubuntu1~) but it is not installable
            Recommends: plymouth-themes-all but it is not installable
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

or an

apt-get -f install

(well basically it is the same)

julien@julien-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get -f install
[sudo] password for julien: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies... failed.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 plymouth : Depends: libdrm-nouveau1 (>= 2.4.11-1ubuntu1~) but it is not installable
            Recommends: plymouth-themes-all but it is not installable
E: Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.
E: Unable to correct dependencies
julien@julien-desktop:~$ 

Any idea would be very welcome...

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PS: if someone want to know how that possibly happened... Well, I more or less have the problem since installation (yesterday): system didn't want to perform full update (see thread link ). After one day I decided to take care of the pb: python was one of the reluctant packages, said it had conflicts with an other package when upgrading, so I tried to upgrade using --force-overwrite... and here I am. –  Julien Gorenflot Apr 9 '12 at 19:47
    
So.. Have you searched for the dependencies to manually install them? –  Uri Herrera Apr 9 '12 at 22:21

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It is possible to remove it. The bug report #556372 describes the problem. Dave Lentz has a PPA which works around those issues. So you have to add the PPA:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:dtl131/mediahacks
sudo aptitude update

Now you have to update mountall to version (as of April 2012): 2.25ubuntu2~mediahacks1. When this is finished you can deinstall plymouth without deinstalling half of your system.

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Looks like it worked!!! You save my life (well, let's say momentously saved me from depression at least :p)! After spending my weekend at work installing stuff, I did not want to have to redo the same on my working time! –  Julien Gorenflot Apr 10 '12 at 0:02
    
Nice to hear. :-) So you might want to accept my answer, so that other users easily see that it also could help them. –  qbi Apr 10 '12 at 7:30
    
Yop! Thanks again! –  Julien Gorenflot Apr 10 '12 at 16:26

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