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When I try and upgrade I get packages that are kept back, when I use dist-upgrade they will be upgraded however I get this warning:

Current status: 5 updates [-1].
will@will-desktop:~$ sudo aptitude dist-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information      
Initialising package states... Done
The following packages are BROKEN:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
The following packages will be upgraded:
  libdrm-dev libdrm-intel1 libdrm-radeon1 libdrm2 
5 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/245kB of archives. After unpacking 2,077kB will be freed.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  libdrm-nouveau1: Breaks: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (< 1:0.0.16) but 1:0.0.15+git20100219+9b4118d-0ubuntu5 is installed.
The following actions will resolve these dependencies:

Remove the following packages:

Score is 188

I don't know whether to upgrade or not, looks like it might break my video

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

I would not update. Especially if you currently have packages in a working condition. Never run a partial update or install packages kept-back. They are like so for a reason. Are you running Maverick BETA? If so that would explain it. You should wait for the packages to sort themselves out, and they will.

(I am actually taking a break writing a blog article that explains things like this right now, odd).

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dist_upgrade should only be used in stable archives (i.e. a released version). In any kind of development release apt-get upgrade should be used instead because it prevents packages to be installed if there might be dependency problems. – txwikinger Sep 24 '10 at 15:23
OK cheers. I'd be grateful if you link the blog post after writing, i would love to read it. – Will Sep 24 '10 at 21:37
Did not have time to be as comprehensive as I wanted, however it is a quick read, hopefully helpful.… – NightwishFan Sep 24 '10 at 21:56


sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau

will remove the dependency blockage and allow you to upgrade. You can reinstall the packages after the upgrade:

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-all

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xserver-xorg-video-all is a meta-package, which will install all available video drivers. For re-installation, use the --reinstall switch: sudo apt-get --reinstall install xserver-xorg-video-nouveau – Lekensteyn Feb 26 '11 at 20:42

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