Upgrading iceweasel (aka mozilla) on squeeze

Rob Hurle rob1940 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 12:04:29 UTC 2012

Dear Maintainers,

  I seem to have a problem upgrading Iceweasel.  I'm running debian
squeeze, pretty much standard.  My /etc/apt/sources.list is:

debianrob [21:50] /home/rob#cat /etc/apt/sources.list

#deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org squeeze main non-free
deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org squeeze main non-free
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze-updates main contrib non-free
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main non-free contrib
deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

# For Opera
deb http://deb.opera.com/opera squeeze non-free

#RJH - for Firefox
deb http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports squeeze-backports main
deb http://mozilla.debian.net/ squeeze-backports iceweasel-release

The result from doing either an "upgrade" or a "dist-upgrade" is:

debianrob [21:54] /home/rob#apt-get dist-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.

When I try to find out what is happening, I get:

debianrob [21:56] /home/rob#apt-cache policy iceweasel
  Installed: 12.0-7~bpo60+1
  Candidate: 13.0-1~bpo60+1
  Version table:
     13.0-1~bpo60+1 0
        500 http://mozilla.debian.net/
squeeze-backports/iceweasel-release i386 Packages
 *** 12.0-7~bpo60+1 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     10.0.4esr-3~bpo60+1 0
        100 http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports/
squeeze-backports/main i386 Packages
     3.5.16-15 0
        500 http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates/main i386 Packages
     3.5.16-14 0
        500 http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze/main i386 Packages

The same thing happened on the previous upgrade and the only solution
I could find was to remove iceweasel and then re-install it - nobody
on the debian-user list could see what the problem was.  Can you offer
any suggestions as to why it won't upgrade?  Thank you very much for
your help.

Rob Hurle
Rob Hurle
ANU, College of Asia and the Pacific
School of Culture, History and Language
Histories of Asia and the Pacific
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