[Aptitude-devel] Bug#665661: seems to be that the aptitude forbid-version bug has two issues together.

shirish शिरीष shirishag75 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 03:27:14 UTC 2012

Hi all,
@jidanni either you goofed up or it is doing two different things.
Where I use forbid-version is usually when you know of grave bugs or
something which will result in uninstallable or corrupt system. So
with apt-listbugs I come to know before installing that there is a
grave bug and maybe I need to hold. Now while I'm not holding IRL the
version of fonts-pangul, for instance the way I do go about is the
following :-

$ apt-show-versions -a fonts-pagul
fonts-pagul 1.0-4 install ok installed
No stable version
fonts-pagul 1.0-4 testing  ftp.debian.org
fonts-pagul 1.0-5 unstable ftp.debian.org
fonts-pagul/unstable upgradeable from 1.0-4 to 1.0-5

Notice that the last line says its upgradable, let's say we know that
1.0-5 is the version which has issues. So here is what I would do :-

$sudo aptitude forbid-version fonts-pangul=1.0-5
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 8 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B of archives. After unpacking 0 B will be used.

Now in this case clearly we could use some feedback and its not there.
 The version you quoted of iceweasel is actually doing something, it
is purging and removing stuff which it should not do. If it is doing
that then you bug-report better by saying that aptitude forbid-version
is actually removing stuff instead of letting it be.

What forbid-version would do is it will not in the listing of update
till the time a newer version than 1.0-5 comes along that could be
something like 1.0-5+dfsg1 or 1.0-6 or whichever way the maintainer
figures out the grave way. You could still install the update you want
by doing

$sudo aptitude install fonts-pangul=1.0-5 or just running $sudo
apt-get upgrade and installing it via apt-get.

Although I use only one tool, aptitude but this is going away from the

Lastly while its true it will get tagged duplicate or/and perhaps
merged if you do modify the original bug-report it does become
different as you are experiencing not just not having messages but
wrong/incorrect behavior, although I'm wondering from where you are
getting the xulrunner-13.0 as the debian archive just shows 10.0 and

$ aptitude search xulrunner
p   ia32-libs-xulrunner                                 - xulrunner
ia32 shared libraries
v   liferea-xulrunner                                   -
p   xulrunner-1.9.1                                     - XUL + XPCOM
application runner
p   xulrunner-1.9.1-dbg                                 - Debugging
symbols for the Gecko engine library
i   xulrunner-10.0                                      - XUL + XPCOM
application runner
p   xulrunner-10.0-dbg                                  - Debugging
symbols for the Gecko engine library
p   xulrunner-11.0                                      - XUL + XPCOM
application runner
p   xulrunner-11.0-dbg                                  - Debugging
symbols for the Gecko engine library
p   xulrunner-dev                                       - Development
files for the Gecko engine library
v   xulrunner-firebug                                   -
v   xulrunner-firecookie                                -
v   xulrunner-flashgot                                  -
v   xulrunner-noscript                                  -

Even iceweasel is just 10.0 on sid, maybe you are using a third-party
repo. or something ?

$ apt-show-versions -a iceweasel
iceweasel 10.0.3esr-2 install ok installed
iceweasel 3.5.16-11   stable       ftp.debian.org
iceweasel 10.0.2-1    testing      ftp.debian.org
iceweasel 10.0.3esr-2 unstable     ftp.debian.org
iceweasel 11.0-3      experimental ftp.debian.org
iceweasel/unstable uptodate 10.0.3esr-2

Looking forward to hearing from you, just a user like you.
          Shirish Agarwal  शिरीष अग्रवाल
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