[maemo-users] flash-and-reboot, initfs-flasher, kernel-diablo-flasher

From: Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Date: Wed Jun 25 17:28:18 EEST 2008
On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 05:19:14PM +0300, Marius Vollmer wrote:
> "ext Marius Gedminas" <marius at pov.lt> writes:
> > On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 03:51:39PM -0300, Jonathan Markevich wrote:
> >> These packages are not completely installed on upgrade... if you can, go to
> >> a root prompt and type apt-get -f install
> >
> > What's up with this, does anyone know?  Why is it that after a fresh OS
> > reflash the apt database ends up inconsistent?
> The osso-software-version-rx44 package exists twice: once in your device
> and once in the "Nokia System Software Updates" repository.  These two
> instances of the package have the same version, but different
> dependencies (stupid, I know, see below).  The
> osso-software-version-rx44 in the repository additionally depends on the
> three packages that you list in the subject.
> Apt-get uses the information from the repository, which results in the
> error message you see.  Running apt-get -f install will fix it.  The
> Application manager is not affected by this, it simply ignores the
> problem and carries on.  After the first OS update, the problem goes
> away.
> It's a bug of course that the two instances of
> osso-software-version-rx44 are not identical.  The additional
> dependencies in the repository instance are used to (as you might have
> guessed :) to control flashing of the kernel and initfs during a OS
> update.  The osso-software-version-rx44 instance in the flash image does
> not need them, and I didn't see the problem with this because I wasn't
> thinking.  (I don't reflash my devices anymore, so I didn't run into
> this problem myself...)
> Yep, it's a bit embarassing, but should have no bad consequences other
> than having to run "apt-get -f install" once (or disabling the "Nokia
> System Software Updates" repository) before you can use apt-get on the
> command line.

Thank you for this very clear explanation.

Marius Gedminas
An algorithm must be seen to be believed.
                -- D.E. Knuth
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