(I realize a similar question was asked before but the answers there don't handle these details)

I'm on Ubuntu 10.10 and need both python2.5 (coming from deadnsakes -- https://launchpad.net/~fkrull/+archive/deadsnakes) and python-profiler

Unfortunately, these two packages both try to install /usr/lib/python2.5/profile.py so apt-get won't allow me to install both

Obviously this is a packaging bug, but I need this fixed asap. Is there anyway to completely ignore these errors and just blow out that file?

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    It is not necessarily a bug: the two packages can be incompatible.
    – enzotib
    Aug 12, 2011 at 6:23

1 Answer 1


After python2.5 is installed try running:

sudo apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" install python-profiler

This should pass the --force-overwrite flag to the underlying dpkg instance which will tell dpkg to overwrite one package's file with anothers.


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    I should have mentioned that if you just have a .deb file, you can just run: sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite python-profiler.deb
    – Gus E
    Aug 12, 2011 at 2:42

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