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happy new year!

Not so for my PC :o) While installing the IA32-libs my PC ran into a broken package problem. ( The system is ubuntu 12.10 - 64 bit and I want to compile 32bit targets.)

The console output is vague about this but I did get more information out of the GUI update-manager:this is the output:

"De afhankelijkheden van de volgende pakketten konden niet geïnstalleerd worden:

libgl1-mesa-dri:i386: Depends: libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1) maar 1:4.7.2-2ubuntu1 is geïnstalleerd"

That's Dutch for: libgl1-mesa depends on libgcc1 but is already installed on my system.

The real problem is the inability for apt-get to overcome this because I can't perform any updates, not by the console nor the GUI update manager. So My PC is basically stuck.

I tried ; apt-get install -f, remove, autoremove, update, upgrade. and so on.

Has someone an idea how to solve this?

many thanks rm

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I just found an answer to my own question:

sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/yourbrokenpackage.deb


sudo apt-get install -f

That did the trick for me.but I really don't know what really happened to the broken files. The --force-help file says :

"Overwrite Overwrite a file from one package with another"

So, I don't know but at least my update manager is back ;o)

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