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Kyle Rankin is a Senior Systems Administrator in the San Francisco Bay Area and the author of a number of books, including Knoppix Hacks and Ubuntu Hacks for O'Reilly Media. He is currently the president of the North Bay Linux Users' Group.


Kyle Rankin is Chief Security Officer at Purism, a company focused on computers that respect your privacy, security, and freedom. He is the author of many books including Linux Hardening in Hostile Networks, DevOps Troubleshooting and The Official Ubuntu


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just plain doesn't work...

jixned's picture

It sure would be nice if this worked as easily as you outlined in the article. When I followed your instructions, I am greeted with a message in synaptic telling me that, by selecting to install tor, I must upgrade a number of other packages. When I try to upgrade, the progress meter stops at libc and I have to expand the details to see why it stopped. There, I am met with a prompt asking me if I want to upgrade libc now. I say yes, but it doesn't matter if I say no since the installation will just stop at that point. Selecting yes attempts to install libc, but errors out with this message:
Another copy of the C library was found via /etc/ld.so.conf.
It is not safe to upgrade the C library in this situation;
please remove the directory from /etc/ld.so.conf and try again.
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libc6_2.7-3_i386.deb (--unpack):
subprocess pre-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
A package failed to install. Trying to recover:
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of locales:
locales depends on glibc-2.7-1; however:
Package glibc-2.7-1 is not installed.
dpkg: error processing locales (--configure):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Setting up gcc-4.2-base (4.2.2-4) ...

I've tried unsuccessfully to install tor and privoxy, but nothing seems to work... ideas?

problem solved.

Anonymous's picture

In case anyone is interested or has the same problem I did, I found a solution. prior to installing tor & privoxy, edit /etc/ld.so.conf and remove the line /usr/lib. Then continue with the installation.