I was installing and uninstalling some packages on my home 11.10 system, when I suddenly noticed that dpkg and aptitude want to remove almost everything. Synaptic seems fine. At work, where I have an almost identical setup, I am NOT having this problem. From here, I thought it was a multiarch problem, but, again, the same setup at work is fine.
The only thing besides current updates that I've applied was a qdbus package, which I notice now was i386. I installed the "normal" version, which automatically uninstalled the 32-bit version, but my system is still insane.
I can't get aptitude to make sense out of the recommendations. If I use `e' to examine the solution, it starts a slow count to inifinity. If I disable multiarch, as in the other thread, then aptitude can make sense of it's own resolution, but that's still to remove thousands of packages, and free 4 GB of drive space (which is just about everything).
Is there any way to get this sorted, or am I looking at a reinstall?
UPDATE: I'm seeing various packages with status "pd". I can't find any reference that tells me what the "d" means. >-/
SECOND UPDATE: I disabled multiarch, and aptitude thought it could work things out. Despite telling me that it was going to KEEP 832 packages, it started deleting them all. SCREW IT. I'll just reinstall. I'm getting too old for this crap.