[Koha] Koha installation Problem

Mark Tompsett mtompset at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 1 18:03:20 NZST 2012


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> But when I enter the command "apt-get install koha"

Actually it is "sudo apt-get install koha-common".

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> I added the line "deb http://debian.koha-community.org/koha squeeze main"
> in the /etc/apt/sources.list [file].

First, it is a bad idea to touch the default repository file! You likely 
messed up your repositories.
The instructions you should follow are found at 

Those instructions say it is supposed to be 
"/etc/apt/sources.list.d/koha.list" that is affected.
The command you should use to set up for 3.8.x in a fresh Debian (or 
Ubuntu -- for those lurking in the background) install is:
$ echo "deb http://debian.koha-community.org/koha squeeze main" | sudo tee 

Okay, but did you do the following as well?
$ wget -O- http://debian.koha-community.org/koha/gpg.asc | sudo apt-key 
add -

root at koha:/home/koha# apt-get install koha
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... 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:
koha : Depends: koha-common but it is not going to be installed
        Depends: dbconfig-common but it is not installable
        Depends: mysql-server but it is not installable
E: Broken packages

Those dependencies are in the default repositories. You likely messed yours 
up or the server from which you would normally pull the updates is not 

To check which is true attempt the following command:
$ sudo apt-get update
If it has a whole bunch of error messages, then it is unreachable. If the 
list is very short (only the debian.koha-community.org repository), then you 
messed up your repositories. If it is some other case, you will need to post 
the output for someone else to be able to help you.

My gut feeling is you messed yours up. Given that I don't have Debian, I can 
not provide you with a clean copy. Though, you may wish to re-install Debian 
OR visit http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/ *IF* you did mess it up. 
Reinstallation is my preference and recommendation, if there are no other 
systems affected.

Hope this helps somehow. #include <stddisclaimer.h>

Mark Tompsett 

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