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Debian Lenny VIM broken dependency

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Today I ran apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade on my Debian Lenny installed on WD MyBook as I ussually do. It removed VIM (I let it as I thought it was just replaced by another package). I tried to run vim after the upgrade but it was really uninstalled. Trying to install it again by apt-get install I got

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  vim: Depends: vim-runtime (= 1:7.1.293-3)
         but 1:7.1.293-3+lenny1 is to be installed
E: Broken packages

I tried to uninstall vim-runtime. It didn't help. I don't have time to solve it now so I can't give a solution. If you encountered the same problem and have a solution to this problem, I'd really appretiate your comment.

It's quite sad that Debian repository is not consistent and one gets errors using apt-get.

nice apt-get

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Today I wanted to upgrade packages at my WD MyBook running Debian Lenny. My notebook was being backed up at the time so I thought that it would be a good idea to run apt-get with a lower priority, as the the samba process eats almost all MyBook resources.

I typed nice apt-get update && nice apt-get upgrade. It did what I wanted it to do, but hour later I found that apache and samba were running with low priority. This is because the services were restarted by apt-get.

Having been reniced, all the services are running OK again.

WD MyBook useful links

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

System upgrade

When things break

WD My Book Debian Lenny — Samba

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

I have recently installed Debian Lenny to my Western Digital My Book. All thanks to great guide at Mario Pascucci's site (big thanks!)

A commented version with some other details can be found at Hacking WD MyBook World Ed site

The system installed is full-fledged version of testing version (called lenny) of Debian, so one can use use apt-get to install packages the same way as at PC (providing you use a packages mirror, that serves arm architecture). Having successfully installed FTP (vsftpd), htop, gcc, and others, I also wanted to install Samba (as the most important part of such a device).

I was fighting with Samba at MyBook for more than two days (and nights). The problem was that it didn't want to list the shares at the server. The problem in the end was that there is a bug in Debian samba package version 3.0.28–1 – current testing (lenny) version, which has something to do with arm compiler – if you download Samba source code and compile it yourself without additional parameter -O0, the result will be the same as with the samba Debian package.

The bug has already been fixed in 3.0.28–2. This version is not in testing (lenny) yet, but you can manually download the current versions from

To install it do as root:

cd /tmp
wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/s/samba/samba-common_3.0.28-2_arm.deb
wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/s/samba/samba_3.0.28-2_arm.deb
dpkg --install samba-common_3.0.28-2_arm.deb
dpkg --install samba_3.0.28-2_arm.deb
rm samba-common_3.0.28-2_arm.deb samba_3.0.28-2_arm.deb

Another way is to add sid deb sources to you /etc/apt/sources­.list

I hope that this can make somebody's fight shorter than two days…

How to open Western Digital My Book World Edition

Sunday, November 11th, 2007
WD MyBook

There are few guides on how to dismantle Western Digital My Book World Edition (500 GB) available online. (see here or here).

Just for those who have the new model (white with rubber around it):

  • There is no screw in the cover.
  • You need to remove the rubber before you try to slide the cover.