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Re: [SLE] HELP! Uninstalled CUPS and can't boot into KDE
  • From: Thibaut Cousin <cousin@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 19:25:14 +0100
  • Message-id: <200211051925.17144.cousin@xxxxxxxx>
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Le Mardi 5 Novembre 2002 19:05, Tom Nielsen a écrit :
> I'm at home and tried hooking up to my wife's computer to try to print
> from the printer attached to her machine. Anyway, I had some issues with
> CUPS so I decided to uninstall cups by using synaptic. That went fine (I
> guess) and then installed lprng. Once I was done, I noticed that almost
> all my icons for files where gone. I couldn't run anything either. Every
> program I clicked on asked how it should be opened. Panicing, I decided
> to reboot. The only thing that came up was fvwm, for which I have no
> clue what it is. I didn't even get an option to choose from KDE or
> Gnome. Now I can't even seem to run YAST2.
> I'm trying to figure out what I did. I don't "think" I click on anything
> else???? Have any ideas?
> Also, when I try to run something in FVWM, I get in XMessages:
> widgets-WARNING **:Could not open converter for 'iso-646-.1991-irv' to
> 'UTF-8 charset'
> What ever that means.
> Also, when I try to open YAST2, I get: cannot connect to X server :0.0
> (and I try as root).

Two things:

- - For the last message, type "xhost +" (dirty but straightforward) and try
again to launch something. Does it change anything? Otherwise you can launch
YaST2 in text mode.

- - For CUPS: because of dependency problems, uninstalling CUPS just like that
can be very dangerous. In SuSE 8.1, YaST2 has an interface for removing a
printing system and replacing it by another. Go in "Printers", "Advanced".
There you can choose one out of three systems: CUPS server, CUSP client and
LPRng. Click the one you want and then the button below. YaST2 will uninstall
and reinstall what must be, taking care of the dependencies.

I think the following thing happened to you. You removed CUPS. As many
packages depend on a printing system, so Synaptic removed them as well. After
that, you installed LPRng but all these other packages were not reinstalled
because LPRng itself doesn't depend on them.
To give you an idea, here is a short list of what RPM needs to remove if I
try to uninstall CUPS on my system: wine, samba-client, ghostscript-library,
yast2-printer, kdebase3-samba, kdegraphics3-postscript...
As you can, it removes parts of YaST2, parts of KDE, etc.

Synaptic (or Apt) is a good software to INSTALL things and taking care of
the dependencies at the same time. But it is extremely bad for removing
things, especially fundamental packages. In short: this tool is for experts
only if you want to do anything else than installing.
If you can, run YaST2 in text mode and lauch the package manager. It should
complain about broken dependencies and reinstall everything important.

- --
Thibaut Cousin
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