[Pkg-shadow-devel] passwd/debianutils conflict in stable

Nicolas François nicolas.francois at centraliens.net
Fri Mar 20 19:54:17 UTC 2009

On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 07:23:48PM +0100, tribble at hanfplantage.de wrote:
> i'd tried to dist-upgrade my debian sarge to "stable". But actually 
> there is a conflict between package passwd and package debianutils.

When you upgrade from one version n to version n+2, you should not be
surprised with this, but you should expect it.

There used to be a "Replace:" in the debianutils to avoid this, but it was
removed between Etch and Lenny.

> It looks like this:
> Preparing to replace debianutils 2.8.4 (using 
> .../debianutils_2.30_i386.deb) ...
> Unpacking replacement debianutils ...
> dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/debianutils_2.30_i386.deb 
> (--unpack):
>  trying to overwrite `/usr/sbin/add-shell', which is also in package passwd
> Errors were encountered while processing:
>  /var/cache/apt/archives/debianutils_2.30_i386.deb
> E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

You might be able to fix this by updating passwd first. Otherwise you may
have to use one of the dpkg's force option or trick it by other means I
would not recommend.

Best Regards,

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