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System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby gkoerpk84 » 2015-02-17 10:55

I tried to install Skype on Wheezy 7.8 x64 and after some playing aroud it suggested to perform apt-get autoremove. I ended up with many apps uninstalled including the netowrk manager, so I can't connect to the net via browsers (Opera got uninstalled as well BTW).
I decided to install the missing apps. First of them was Pidgin. I was unsuccessful because of unmet dependencies. Then I tried Network Manager and the result was the same.
Is there any way to either get the system to the previous state or at least to have a system with standard behavior? If necessary, I would reinstall all apps.
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Re: System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby Ardouos » 2015-02-17 11:25

That has never happened to me (it shouldn't... ever)? What is in your sources.list and sources.list.d?

If your computer has no network connectivity, your best bet would be to download the network-manager package online from a different computer and copy over via usb.
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Re: System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby gkoerpk84 » 2015-02-17 11:43

*I see it's 7.7, not 7.8

sources.list
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# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 7.7.0 _Wheezy_ - Official amd64 NETINST Binary-1 20141018-13:04]/ wheezy main
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian wheezy contrib
deb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ubuntuzilla/mozilla/apt all main
deb http://deb.opera.com/opera stable non-free
deb http://cdn.debian.net/debian wheezy-backports main
deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main import backport upstream romeo
deb http://ftp.cz.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.cz.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main non-free contrib
deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy-backports main
deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://main.mepis-deb.org/mepiscr/xfce xfce-4.10 main
# wheezy-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb http://ftp.cz.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.cz.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main contrib non-free


sources.list.d
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-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 136 Feb  8 12:18 atareao-sunflower-wheezy.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 136 Feb  8 12:18 atareao-sunflower-wheezy.list.save
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 140 Feb  8 12:18 audacity-team-daily-wheezy.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 140 Feb  8 12:18 audacity-team-daily-wheezy.list.save
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 128 Feb  8 12:20 graysky.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 128 Feb  8 12:18 graysky-utils-wheezy.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 132 Feb  8 12:18 libreoffice-ppa-wheezy.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 132 Feb  8 12:18 libreoffice-ppa-wheezy.list.save
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 154 Feb  8 12:18 me-davidsansome-clementine-wheezy.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 154 Feb  8 12:18 me-davidsansome-clementine-wheezy.list.save
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 142 Feb  8 12:18 nilarimogard-webupd8-wheezy.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 142 Feb  8 12:18 nilarimogard-webupd8-wheezy.list.save
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 172 Feb  8 12:18 qbittorrent-team-qbittorrent-stable-wheezy.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 172 Feb  8 12:18 qbittorrent-team-qbittorrent-stable-wheezy.list.save
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Re: System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby Ardouos » 2015-02-17 11:52

gkoerpk84 wrote:*I see it's 7.7, not 7.8


Whilst that keeps us upto date, it won't make any difference for installing Skype.

It seems like you have quite a lot of foreign repositories. This has may ended up in you having a borked system

https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian
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Re: System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby thanatos_incarnate » 2015-02-17 12:07

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deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main import backport upstream romeo


This is a forum for Debian, not Linux Mint Debian.
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Re: System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby gkoerpk84 » 2015-02-17 15:27

What would be the best way to get out of this situation then? Commenting out the non-stable repositories and then clean, autoremove, update etc?
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Re: System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby Curmudgeon » 2015-02-17 15:36

The "best" way is the only way: reinstall. And don 't mix repos, now or in the future
Get off my lawn.
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Re: System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby JLloyd13 » 2015-02-17 20:18

thanatos_incarnate wrote:
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deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main import backport upstream romeo


This is a forum for Debian, not Linux Mint Debian.


Considering the massive number of repos in there it might just be there for a few extra packages- not the best idea, but doesn't mean its not debian because he added a few repos

Curmudgeon wrote:The "best" way is the only way: reinstall. And don 't mix repos, now or in the future


Umm- there are other things to try first.

Have you tried aptitude install -f yet?

EDIT----

We all get the best way to achieve the ideal pure beautiful 'stable' debian system is a fresh install- but a lot of us actually prefer Debian because it is resilient and can often be fixed when broken without a fresh install. A lot of users (such as myself) hate reinstalling and would prefer to try and fix it themselves first. The second part of your post is helpful, the first part really really isn't.
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Re: System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby gkoerpk84 » 2015-02-17 22:02

It seems the clean install is the right choice now.
When I'll be installing e.g.Qbittorrent, should I avoid adding repos?
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add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

Or is add-apt-repository safe and just adding those like
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deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main import backport upstream romeo
into sources.list is risky?
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Re: System totally messed up after trying to install Skype

Postby JLloyd13 » 2015-02-17 22:55

gkoerpk84 wrote:It seems the clean install is the right choice now.
When I'll be installing e.g.Qbittorrent, should I avoid adding repos?
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add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

Or is add-apt-repository safe and just adding those like
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deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main import backport upstream romeo
into sources.list is risky?


ppa (I think) is a Ubuntu thing, you should not be using it on Debian (someone correct me if I'm wrong)

Also, the LMDE repositories are different then the real debian ones, in the future they will on compatible with stable but ATM they are in a strange spot in between stable and testing and you should not be using them.

To answer your question though yes, it is safer to add them directly to your sources.list yourself after having done the research to make sure they are meant for your version of debian. It is also advisable not to use the upsteam repos just for more up to date software, for that use the official debian backport repos, unless the debian wiki says to do so. When in doubt, always follow the wiki.
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