[Digikam-users] Re: Newb discovers the perils of "endorsed" PPAs!

Hevï Guy heviiguy at gmail.com
Wed Dec 22 15:53:33 GMT 2010

@ any other fellow Newbs who've experienced the same upheaval:  

I went into Synaptic Update Manager where I was greeted with a warning
about broken dependencies. I followed the process to sort it out. 

Upon restart of digiKam, the familiar "Tip of the day" wasn't empty this
time. Neither were my folder views; All thumbnails re-appeared. However,
when I checked my component information, I was shocked to see that
exiv2 .19 managed to sneak its way back. The damn thing is like a
zombie: it can't be killed! Nevertheless, I tried: 

I reinstalled libkexiv2-8_4.5.1-0ubuntu3_i386.deb and
libkexiv2-dev_4.5.1-0ubuntu3_i386.deb which had been laboriously
downloaded 2 days ago and were both still in my src folder.

I fired-up digiKam again, reviewed "Components" and found that exiv2 .20
had succeeded the buggy .19. Is the latter truly dead now or just
silently sucking the brains out of something else behind the scenes?

Although things are working again (digiKam is - I still have problems
with my screen) the program appears to be running slower and utilizing
more resources.

I feel that my box's functional integrity is now being held together
with bubble gum and rubber bands :-(

On Wed, 2010-12-22 at 08:48 -0600, Hevï Guy wrote:

> Marvelous Absolutely marvelous. Not.
> Whereas digiKam was finally working that way that I wanted it to,
> today after a update from the PPA that I had used, it has all gone to
> hell in a hand basket. Something seemed out of the ordinary as soon as
> the "daily hint" appeared. Well, it didn't really appear at all, since
> the dialogue box was content-less. And all thumbnails had disappeared.
> Furthermore, it seems that my nvidia stuff is now acting up as well:
> The Panel drop-downs remain on the screen after being activated. 
> I now have a "dead" digiKam 1,7.0.
> Belatedly, I just read Sputnik's warning not to use Phillip Johnsson's
> repository http://www.digikam.org/drupal/node/556 
> Yup, I've gotten myself into a fine mess. I suppose that I need to
> dump everything (after backing-up my Home directory to an external
> source, right) and start from Absolute Ground Zero, right? I am
> utterly LIVID (at myself). 
> So, can anybody give me some directions as to how I should Nuke my
> dual-boot box and start over? However, if I do this, I'll just find
> myself right back where I started: Trying to compile my own version of
> digiKam. Bloody hell   X-(  Should I try a different distro all
> together? I know that it's a personal preference but, which one is
> recommended?
> As many would probably be happy to hear, I'm seriously considering
> tucking my tail between my balls and skulking back to Windoze.
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