[sf-lug] jim unsatisfied with apt-get and adobe flash and other things

jim jim at well.com
Sat Nov 22 22:20:08 PST 2008

   i'm doing the same things over and over and 
getting nowhere. i'm going to stop that and do 
nothing until i get some clue as to what i can 
do differently. 

Upgrades fail: 
standard upgrades show three things to get, 
i click the doit button, time goes by, 
activity bars show action, and finally: 
W: Failed to fetch
  Size mismatch
W: Failed to fetch
  Size mismatch
W: Failed to fetch
  Size mismatch

what does "Size mismatch" mean and how to proceed? 

Getting adobe-flash for firefox fails: 
   as to getting adobe flash, i jumped one of the 
earlier hoops by getting libcurl3 installed, but 
none of the others: 

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of adobe-flashplugin:
 adobe-flashplugin depends on libcairo2 (>= 1.6.0); however:
  Version of libcairo2 on system is 1.4.10-1ubuntu4.4.
* well apt-get says i've got the latest libcairo2, 
* so probably the source has 1.4.10... and there's 
* some other libcairo2 1.6.0 and beyond available 
* to adobe and not me, at least not per any source 
* my system knows of. 

 adobe-flashplugin depends on libnss3-1d; however:
  Package libnss3-1d is not installed.
* apt-get can find no libnss3-ld or any variant 
* spelling thereof. probably somewhere, but where 
* and how to find it? 

 adobe-flashplugin depends on libpango1.0-0 (>= 1.20.1); however:
  Version of libpango1.0-0 on system is 1.18.3-0ubuntu1.
* apt-get can find no libpango of any kind that 
* i manage to spell. how to satisfy this damned 
* adobe-flash requirement set? 

dpkg: error processing adobe-flashplugin (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
* after it gets to this point, any further apt-getting 
* or synapticness or upgrading returns a message to the 
* effect that the index is broken. i then use 
* apt-get install -f 
* which seems to work and repair things by throwing 
* away the incomplete adobe-flash stuff that was 
* sitting around after the abended attempt to install 
* it. 

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