[Aptitude-devel] Bug#671439: aptitude have unmet dependencies on libapt-pkg4.10 on alpha and other archs

Witold Baryluk baryluk at smp.if.uj.edu.pl
Fri May 4 18:34:40 UTC 2012

On 05-04 11:57, Daniel Hartwig wrote:
> On 4 May 2012 11:48, Witold Baryluk <baryluk at smp.if.uj.edu.pl> wrote:
> > The following packages have unmet dependencies:
> >  aptitude : Depends: libapt-pkg4.10 but it is not installable
> >            Depends: libept1 but it is not going to be installed
> >            Recommends: aptitude-doc-en but it is not going to be installed or
> >                        aptitude-doc
> >            Recommends: libparse-debianchangelog-perl but it is not going to be installed
> > E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
> >
> > This is because libapt-pkg4.12 is installed due new version of apt.
> >
> > On other architectures aptitude have correct dependencies, but on alpha and few others,
> > it still depends on libapt-pkg4.10 which was actually virtually provided by apt.
> >
> > Now with newer version of apt, libapt-pkg is separate real package,
> > and apt is depending on it. It also cannot be coinstalled with previous
> > versions (because it was virtual is one of the reasons).
> Hello
> The archs involved are: alpha, m68k, mipsel, powerpcspe, s390x, sh4, sparc64.
> Due to the bump from libapt-pkg4.10 to 4.12 aptitude needs to be
> rebuilt on each arch to update.  This has not yet happened on the
> effected archs.
> According to buildd logs[1,2] the main blocker for most is
> uninstallable build depends: directly, either debhelper or libept-dev,
> but you can follow the chain of uninstallable dependencies back from
> there.
> [1] https://buildd.debian.org/status/package.php?p=aptitude
> [2] http://buildd.debian-ports.org/status/package.php?p=aptitude
> The only official archs involved -- mipsel, s390x -- have build
> failures.  mipsel is due to a FTBFS which is fixed in the next
> release; 390x provides no information on why it failed, but the
> buildds are noticeably behind on that arch anyway.
> This bug will be closed with the next upload, which should bring all
> official archs back to a usable state.  The unofficial ports should
> eventually catch up and this is not a problem specific to aptitude.
> >
> > I think aptitude should just depend on libapt-pkg4.12 probably.
> > Why alpha, hppa and this few other archs (most of them are unofficial ports) have
> > this separate depenency in first place?
> Aptitude build-depends on libapt-pkg-dev which will bring in whatever
> the current libapt-pkg is.  IMO the current dependency is versioned
> correctly.
> Regards


Indeed, you are right. Upgrading buildd machines and rebuild should fix
the problem. Depends field in binary package of aptitude is generated
automatically after the build, so I agree there is nothing to fix

Probably can decress severity of bug.

Regards and thanks for deeper explanation,

Witold Baryluk

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