[Aptitude-devel] Bug#697278: aptitude-common: Please make aptitude installable on non-native architectures

Rogier rogier777 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 14:24:52 UTC 2013

Package: aptitude-common
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

When trying to install aptitude on a non-native architecture, installation
fails because not suitable installation candidates are found for some
dependencies, in particular for aptitude-common:

	arm:root / 17 # uname -m
	arm:root / 18 # apt-get --simulate install aptitude:i386
	Reading package lists... Done
	Building dependency tree... Done
	Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
	requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
	distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
	or been moved out of Incoming.
	The following information may help to resolve the situation:

	The following packages have unmet dependencies:
	 aptitude:i386 : Depends: aptitude-common:i386 (= but it is not installable
			 Recommends: aptitude-doc-en:i386 but it is not installable or
				     aptitude-doc:i386 but it is not installable
			 Recommends: apt-xapian-index:i386 but it is not installable
			 Recommends: libparse-debianchangelog-perl:i386 but it is not installable
	E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

I assume a simple 'Multi-Arch: foreign' would fix this ?

Kind regards, and many thanks for your work on debian in general, and on aptitude in particular.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

aptitude-common depends on no packages.

Versions of packages aptitude-common recommends:
ii  aptitude

aptitude-common suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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