[Aptitude-devel] Bug#328616: #137771: aptitude's vs dpkg's hold state (was: Processed: more bts etc.)

Axel Beckert abe at debian.org
Thu Oct 4 15:03:16 UTC 2012

Hi Daniel(*),

Debian Bug Tracking System wrote on 15th of September 2012:
> Processing commands for control at bugs.debian.org:
> > tags 137771 + help
> Bug #137771 [aptitude] aptitude: holds should take effect in /var/lib/dpkg/status as well
> Bug #146207 [aptitude] aptitude: in command-line mode ignores hold set by dpkg --set-selections
> Bug #161810 [aptitude] aptitude: Aptitude does not set hold state
> Bug #174091 [aptitude] apt-get ignores hold set with aptitude
> Bug #199887 [aptitude] Subject: packages held by dselect are not detected in aptitude
> Bug #220794 [aptitude] aptitude: can not set package to hold
> Bug #277719 [aptitude] hold in aptitude and in dpkg are not the same
> Bug #328616 [aptitude] Add "revision" information to the dpkg database?
> Bug #453702 [aptitude] sudo aptitude hold packageName does not modify selections
> Added tag(s) help.

This is a quite old bug and not only according to the amount of
duplicates an annoying one. ;-)

It's likely less trivial than it seems, otherwise it would have been
fixed already a long time ago.

I'm though curious what's the culprit which -- for more than a decade
-- kept developers from fixing it.

I browsed through the merged bugs, but the only hint I found so far
about the issue described in http://bugs.debian.org/137771 is in

"the databases do not contain exactly equivalent information, and
there is no one-to-one translation between them" (But it's not
mentioned what the differences actually are.)

So I would be happy if you could post some more details to #137771
about where you could need or would like to have help. Do you think
it's rather a technical or a conceptual issue?


(*) JFTR: Daniel Hartwig, not Daniel Burrows. :-)

P.S.: http://bugs.debian.org/328616 looks to me like a different issue
than http://bugs.debian.org/137771 -- maybe related, but not
specifically related to syncing hold states.

		Regards, Axel
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