[Aptitude-devel] Bug#665661: Bug#665661: forbid-version lack of feedback makes it look like aptitude has a mind of its own

Daniel Hartwig mandyke at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 06:29:57 UTC 2012

merge 595888 638841 648687

On 25 March 2012 09:40,  <jidanni at jidanni.org> wrote:
> You really should have some feedback to the user for forbid-version, so
> he can tell that you are not just doing some other unrelated task.


As is quite common for Unix programs, if the command does not display
an error then you can presume it has done what you asked.  Positive
feedback *by default* is undesirable noise IMO.

I agree that due to the processing of pending actions the output is
noisy and misleading at the moment.

This is a low priority for me but I have been aware of it for some
time.  If I ever get around to addressing this:
- decouple 'forbid-version' from 'install' and others, so no more
processing of pending actions;
- "-v" to get positive feedback;


# aptitude forbid-version foo
# aptitude forbid-version -v bar
I: forbidding version xx of package bar

> Yes I recall this is a duplicate

Then please write a patch or motivate someone to write a patch.
Reporting this more times doesn't achieve anything except increasing
noise and maintenance burden.

We appreciate that you find this inconvenient and also the large
amounts of feedback you provide for many projects including aptitude.
Please note however that the list of outstanding issues contains many
that are more important than this, developer time is limited, and so
issues are prioritized to some degree.

> but nobody looks at these anyway.

Almost 200 bugs cleared out in the last four months... I suppose they
just decided to sort themselves :-)


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