I'm counting the days until Libranet 3.0 ships (May 31). When updating
packages borked my old 2.8 Libranet, I switched to Ubuntu, on the
recommendation of people here and elsewhere. I then attempted to
install gramps but it is now jammed. It won't install and it won't
uninstall. In the meantime, GNOME has decided it no longer knows how to
thumb a jpeg. Since this is where I manage my digital photo collection,
I miss the thumbnails sorely. When I try to update GNOME, it offers to
remove gramps but gramps won't go. When I try to remove gramps, this is
what I get:
root@...:/home/dr # apt-get remove gramps
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B of archives.
After unpacking 12.0MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 61537 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing gramps ...
dpkg: error processing gramps (--remove):
subprocess post-removal script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
My hope is that when Libranet 3.0 comes it will have everything,
including gramps, working nicely out of the box. Plus, by purchasing
the CDs, I'll get some 'up and running' support from the good folks at
Libranet-- clearly something I need ;-). I don't understand why gramps
and GNOME are so twisted together-- I'm not a programmer. I had
mistakenly believed Linux to allow different versions of the various
libraries and toolkits to be simultaneously installed, allowing programs
to get the stuff they need from the places they expect to find them. Or
maybe that is true and something else is the problem. In any case,
"upgrading" has become synonymous with "breaking" at my house. Doug
Laidlaw's comments about not needing the 'latest and greatest' resonate
with me! I don't know what, if anything, gramps developers can do to
make upgrades and installations a more sure-fire thing. Whatever can be
done, I hope is being done.
My strategy, if you can call it that, will be to install Linux and then
leave it alone, aside from security patches, until the whole distro is
So until June, no more gramps work for me.
I am still waiting for Libranet's 3.0 to ship, but after looking at my
sources list, I took the last refuge of the Linux poseur and
re-installed Ubuntu. Then I changed my /etc/apt/sources.list file to
use the universe packages. The default sources are 'unsuported' by
Ubuntu, whatever that means.
Here's the dire comment from Ubuntu, along with my boldly uncommented
universe sources. :-)
## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu warty universe
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu warty universe
After making this change I ran apt-get update, then apt-get install
gramps. Joy. I have Gramps again! I have GNOME thumbnailing pictures
again. Sound still works. Thanks for your suggestions gramps-users.