[PlanetCCRMA] apt-get conflict resolution suspect?

Fernando Pablo Lopez-Lezcano nando@ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Mon Dec 23 11:31:02 2002

> The history that comes to mind re the ppp conflict is that I have made a 
> --nodeps install of mppe, following the instructions at 
> <http://pptpclient.sourceforge.net/howto-redhat-80.phtml>, which include
> rpm -Uvh --nodeps ppp-mppe-2.4.0-4.i386.rpm

Yup, that's it. Using "--nodeps" to install leaves the rpm database with
unresolved dependencies and apt-get cannot work unless that is fixed
(and that is good). The problem is how to resolve this. 

Well, I just downloaded the rpm and did some tests. First, you do not
need to specify --nodeps to install it! The problem is that the virtual
package they advertise ("ppp") does not include a version number and
that triggers the problem with the kernel dependencies. I have a way to
fix it. Download the source for ppp-mppe rpm and:

- install it (rpm -Uvh ppp-mppe-2.4.0-4.src.rpm
- cd /usr/src/redhat/SPECS
- edit ppp-mppe.spec and change the line that says:
Provides: ppp
Provides: ppp = 2.4.0
and change the release number from:
Release: 4
Release: 5
(so that you can "upgrade" easily to the new version)
- rebuild the rpm:
  rpmbuild -ba ppp-mppe.spec
- install the rebuilt rpm (you do _not_ need to specify --nodeps, even
  with the original rpm):
  rpm -Uvh ../RPMS/i386/ppp-mppe-2.4.0-5.i386.rpm
- check things again with "apt-get check", you should be fine...

If you are in contact with the guys that take care of this package you
could give them feedback about this problem...

-- Fernando