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no longer required: rinetd

Today I installed Visual Studio Code and was facing unmet dependencies.

sudo dpkg -i code_1.9.1-1486596246_i386.deb 
Selecting previously unselected package code.
(Reading database ... 92267 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack code_1.9.1-1486596246_i386.deb ...
Unpacking code (1.9.1-1486596246) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of code:
 code depends on libnss3; however:
  Package libnss3 is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package code (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.58) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 code

First I tried to install libnss3 manually.

sudo apt-get install libnss3
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 libnss3 : Depends: libnspr4 (>= 2:4.12) but it is not going to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

So I went with ‘apt-get -f install’

sudo apt-get -f install
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies... Done
The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
  rinetd
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove it.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  libnspr4 libnss3
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libnspr4 libnss3
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 1,344 kB of archives.
After this operation, 4,300 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

Why is rinetd not longer required? I didn’t uninstall anything. I expect rinetd it to be an important part of Whonix.

Should I continue with apt-get autoremove ?

Good day,

Please don’t. Rinetd is a part of Stream Isolation and thus very important to the security concept behind Whonix: https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Stream_Isolation

Could you maybe run apt-get update && dist-upgrade, as well as apt-get install libnspr4?

Have a nice day,

Ego

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Good day,

thanks for your reply. I completed the sudo apt-get -f install with yes as it didn’t uninstall anything. That step was okay, right?

I didn’t run the auto remove command but apt-get update && dist-upgrade as you suggested,.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  libc-ares2 libv8-3.14.5 rinetd
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Running apt-get install libnspr4 tells me that this package is already installed. I don’t know why it says that libc-ares2 libv8-3.14.5 rinetd is no longer required.

Thx

Dependency on rinetd has been removed since the anon-ws-disable-stacked-tor packages was ported to socat. Safe to autoremove.

Which packages are cumbersome to remove and otherwise avoid if you are not aware of the complex information documented here:

Thanks for clarifying.

On another machine that I was using I noticed that I had removed rinetd but I’m happy to hear it hasn’t any effect. From now on I’ll have a closer look what apt-get suggests to remove.

I’ll make sure to send you a tip soon. This projects deserves to be supported, even many “bad guys” might use it for doing fishy stuff.

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