[Aptitude-devel] Bug#661678: aptitude: Command-line install conflicts cause stupid resolution attempts

Matthias Urlichs matthias at urlichs.de
Sun Mar 4 17:16:41 UTC 2012


Daniel Hartwig:
> Does smurf-kde pull in anything from unstable or experimental?
It has no versioned dependencies.

I don't know if the update involved installing anything from unstable
(unlikely); it definitely didn't involve *upgrading* a package to
something not in testing.

IMHO the 99% solution to this problem is to prevent this condition in the
first place: if installing a (single) package FOO, any solution which does
not in fact install FOO is by definition wrong and should be blocked
before even entering the resolver.

Optimizing for the 1% case is not something I'd even think about at this

-- Matthias Urlichs

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