GnuPG Upgrade Problems

Philipp Kern pkern at
Tue Dec 6 16:27:23 CET 2005

Richard Ibbotson wrote:
> Wasn't sure whether to send this into a Debian list or a GnuPG list.  
> Mailed my request for help here because I thought Werner might want 
> to read about it...

Werner might want read about Debian-specific questions which are of no
relation to anything but the Debian packagaing system?

You should use the Debian bug tracker instead so that the maintainer of
the package gets notified (the package name is in this case `gnupg2').

> # apt-get -f install gnupg2

You try to force an install which the packaging system refused. You will
get into trouble if you don't know exactly what the consequences might be.

> # dpkg -i gnupg2_1.9.15-6_i386.deb
> Unpacking gnupg2 (from gnupg2_1.9.15-6_i386.deb) ...
> dpkg: error processing gnupg2_1.9.15-6_i386.deb (--install):
>  trying to overwrite `/usr/bin/kbxutil', which is also in package 
> gnupg
> dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
> Errors were encountered while processing:
>  gnupg2_1.9.15-6_i386.deb

You screwed up here. Anything already installed `/usr/bin/kbxutil'. It
is not in the *official* `gnupg' package available on the Debian
mirrors. It is only provided by `gnupg2'.

I advise you to do the following:
 * Check if you have installed the file by yourself into `/usr/bin'.
   If so, remove it.
 * Check if the packaging system knows the package it is assigned to.
   It claimed it to be `gnupg', you could check it with
   `dpkg -S /usr/bin/kbxutil'.
 * Force uninstall the packet owning the file.
 * Install `gnupg' and `gnupg2' together via apt-get in non-force mode.
   Both could be installed on the same machine normally without any

Kind regards,
Philipp Kern
Debian Developer

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