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I have a case where trying to install the libertas-firmware package results in:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 libertas-firmware : Depends: firmware-libertas but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

Of course, I actually do not have any held or broken packages and the dependency package firmware-libertas does not exist on the repositories which makes me think that the libertas-firmware is actually a dummy meta package for the firmware-libertas package. But how can I install the libertas drivers then if the dependent package is not available.

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Sounds like a bit of a screw up in the packaging. In this case, firmware-libertas is available from Debian.

If you download that, install it with dpkg -i whateverthefilenameis.deb you should be able to install libertas-firmware (which is just a metapackage that depends on firmware-libertas) and then whatever depends on that.

Oh and report a bug so the developers know there's a problem.

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This has to be the first ever for me to see this case. – Luis Alvarado Jul 1 '13 at 13:27
It gives an error: trying to overwrite '/lib/firmware/mwl8k/helper_8366.fw', which is also in package linux-firmware 1.106 but at least I know where the problem lies. – Luis Alvarado Jul 1 '13 at 13:35
Yeah it seems (dpkg -L linux-firmware | grep libertas) that linux-firmware is providing a lot of the firmware available in the firmware-libertas package, but not all of it. – Oli Jul 1 '13 at 14:25

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