[Aptitude-devel] Bug#718881: aptitude mishandles ':any' dpendencies on virtual packages

Francois Gouget fgouget at free.fr
Tue Aug 6 13:46:59 UTC 2013

Package: aptitude
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

Here is how to reproduce this bug:
 * Download http://fgouget.free.fr/bugs/testdep.tar.bz2
   This is a small archive that contains a set of test, empty, Debian
   package files along with their source.
   (run ./build to rebuild them)

 * Install the testdep-allowed_1.0-1_amd64.deb package.

 * Then run:

# dpkg -i /home/weaver/testdep-vallowed-any_1.0-1_i386.deb
Selecting previously unselected package testdep-vallowed-any.
(Reading database ... 177820 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking testdep-vallowed-any (from .../testdep-vallowed-any_1.0-1_i386.deb) ...
Setting up testdep-vallowed-any (1.0-1) ...
# echo $?

So the testdep-vallowed-any installs fine and dpkg finds no missing
dependency. Yet aptitude complains that the dependency is broken and
wants to remove the testdep-vallowed-any package:

  testdep-vallowed-any:i386 depends upon testdep-virtual-allowed:any:i386
  The following actions will resolve this dependency:
  -> Remove testdep-vallowed-any:i386 [1.0-1 (now)]

Since dpkg and aptitude disagree one of them must be wrong. Now
testdep-vallowed-any's only dependency is 'testdep-virtual-allowed:any'
which is a virtual package provided by testdep-allowed which was
installed just before So I'm siding with dpkg on this one.

Hence this report.

-- Package-specific info:
Terminal: xterm
$DISPLAY is set.
which aptitude: /usr/bin/aptitude

aptitude version information:
aptitude compiled at Nov  7 2012 07:08:03
Compiler: g++ 4.7.2
Compiled against:
  apt version 4.12.0
  NCurses version 5.9
  libsigc++ version: 2.2.10
  Ept support enabled.
  Gtk+ support disabled.
  Qt support disabled.

Current library versions:
  NCurses version: ncurses 5.9.20130608
  cwidget version: 0.5.16
  Apt version: 4.12.0

aptitude linkage:
	linux-vdso.so.1 (0x00007fff1c1ff000)
	libapt-pkg.so.4.12 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libapt-pkg.so.4.12 (0x00007f6bc8a9d000)
	libncursesw.so.5 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libncursesw.so.5 (0x00007f6bc886d000)
	libtinfo.so.5 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtinfo.so.5 (0x00007f6bc8643000)
	libsigc-2.0.so.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libsigc-2.0.so.0 (0x00007f6bc843e000)
	libcwidget.so.3 => /usr/lib/libcwidget.so.3 (0x00007f6bc813e000)
	libept.so.1.aptpkg4.12 => /usr/lib/libept.so.1.aptpkg4.12 (0x00007f6bc7e9d000)
	libxapian.so.22 => /usr/lib/libxapian.so.22 (0x00007f6bc7aba000)
	libz.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 (0x00007f6bc78a2000)
	libsqlite3.so.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libsqlite3.so.0 (0x00007f6bc75f0000)
	libboost_iostreams.so.1.49.0 => /usr/lib/libboost_iostreams.so.1.49.0 (0x00007f6bc73d8000)
	libpthread.so.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x00007f6bc71bc000)
	libstdc++.so.6 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6 (0x00007f6bc6eb3000)
	libm.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libm.so.6 (0x00007f6bc6bb5000)
	libgcc_s.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgcc_s.so.1 (0x00007f6bc699f000)
	libc.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x00007f6bc65f2000)
	libutil.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libutil.so.1 (0x00007f6bc63ef000)
	libdl.so.2 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdl.so.2 (0x00007f6bc61eb000)
	libbz2.so.1.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libbz2.so.1.0 (0x00007f6bc5fda000)
	libuuid.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libuuid.so.1 (0x00007f6bc5fd4000)
	librt.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/librt.so.1 (0x00007f6bc5dcb000)
	/lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x00007f6bc943c000)

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages aptitude depends on:
ii  aptitude-common 
ii  libapt-pkg4.12  
ii  libboost-iostreams1.49.0  1.49.0-4
ii  libc6                     2.17-7
ii  libcwidget3               0.5.16-3.4
ii  libept1.4.12              1.0.9
ii  libgcc1                   1:4.8.1-2
ii  libncursesw5              5.9+20130608-1
ii  libsigc++-2.0-0c2a        2.2.10-0.2
ii  libsqlite3-0              3.7.17-1
ii  libstdc++6                4.8.1-2
ii  libtinfo5                 5.9+20130608-1
ii  libxapian22               1.2.15-2
ii  zlib1g                    1:1.2.8.dfsg-1

Versions of packages aptitude recommends:
ii  apt-xapian-index                0.45
pn  aptitude-doc-en | aptitude-doc  <none>
ii  libparse-debianchangelog-perl   1.2.0-1
ii  sensible-utils                  0.0.9

Versions of packages aptitude suggests:
pn  debtags  <none>
ii  tasksel  3.16

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