[R] R: install - Perl dependency problem in Debian/Damn Small Linux

Stuart Leask stuart.leask at nottingham.ac.uk
Mon Mar 14 13:46:36 CET 2005

(I vaguely recall a suggestion there be a r-debian list, which this would be
appropriate for, but I can't find such a list if it exists. Apologies)

OS: Damn Small Linux 1.0rc1 - a tiny (50MB) debian/knoppix-based distro

I can't apt-get R.

root at ttyp0[dsl]# apt-get  install -testing r-base r-base-core r-recommended
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  r-base-core: Depends: perl but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages

PROBLEM 1: Perl is certainly installed. However, it may have various bits
removed to save space.

However, if I try to correct this with:

apt-get install perl

I get:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  perl: depends perl-base (=5.6.1-8.7) but 5.8.0-18 is to be installed
E: broken packages

I've tried different feeds eg. -testing, but get the same problem.

Has anyone come across this, or have any ideas?


Dr Stuart Leask DM MRCPsych, Senior Lecturer
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