[Aptitude-devel] Bug#757028: aptitude: aptitude does not install new essential packages automatically

Stanley Schade nood0131 at web.de
Mon Aug 4 16:59:43 UTC 2014

Package: aptitude
Version: 0.6.11-1
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

I am running an up-to-date installation of jessie and recently found 
that aptitude does not install the new init package automatically, 
though it is marked as essential.

# #after aptitude update
# LC_ALL=C aptitude full-upgrade
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B of archives. After unpacking 0 B will be used.

Init is a metapackage that assures that the system has an init system. 
It has recently been introduced in jessie. Since such a system is 
installed, nothing is broken. However, I find this behaviour of aptitude 
does not match up with the user's expectations, it's a bit worrisome and 
I doubt that it is intended. Also, apt-get dist-upgrade would install 
init immediately. Still, I cannot judge how severe this problem is (or 
whether it is severe at all), so I set the severity to normal.

I am not sure whether this bug is related to 
https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=216768, but from what 
I can tell people had the opposite issue in this bug (packages being 
marked essential, though they were not) because of following several 
releases whereas I only follow jessie.

Regards, Stanley

-- More information that might be useful

# cat /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main

# cat /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/local
APT::Default-Release "jessie";

# apt-cache show init | egrep -e "Essential|Priority"
Essential: yes
Priority: required

# LC_ALL=C apt-cache policy init
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 1.20
  Version table:
     1.20 0
        990 http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ jessie/main amd64 Packages

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

aptitude version information:
aptitude 0.6.11 compiled at Jun  9 2014 20:46:57
Compiler: g++ 4.8.3
Compiled against:
  apt version 4.12.0
  NCurses version 5.9
  libsigc++ version: 2.2.11
  Gtk+ support disabled.
  Qt support disabled.

Current library versions:
  NCurses version: ncurses 5.9.20140712
  cwidget version: 0.5.17
  Apt version: 4.12.0

aptitude linkage:
        linux-vdso.so.1 (0x00007fffc2dfe000)
        libapt-pkg.so.4.12 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libapt-
pkg.so.4.12 (0x00007f5f2012b000)
        libncursesw.so.5 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libncursesw.so.5 
        libtinfo.so.5 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtinfo.so.5 
        libsigc-2.0.so.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libsigc-2.0.so.0 
        libcwidget.so.3 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcwidget.so.3 
        libsqlite3.so.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libsqlite3.so.0 
        libboost_iostreams.so.1.55.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-
gnu/libboost_iostreams.so.1.55.0 (0x00007f5f1f2e4000)
        libxapian.so.22 => /usr/lib/libxapian.so.22 (0x00007f5f1eed9000)
        libpthread.so.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 
        libstdc++.so.6 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6 
        libm.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libm.so.6 
        libgcc_s.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgcc_s.so.1 
        libc.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 
        libutil.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libutil.so.1 
        libdl.so.2 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdl.so.2 
        libz.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 
        libbz2.so.1.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libbz2.so.1.0 
        liblzma.so.5 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/liblzma.so.5 
        librt.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/librt.so.1 
        libuuid.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libuuid.so.1 
        /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x00007f5f20acf000)

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

Kernel: Linux 3.14-2-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages aptitude depends on:
ii  aptitude-common           0.6.11-1
ii  libapt-pkg4.12            1.0.6
ii  libboost-iostreams1.55.0  1.55.0+dfsg-2
ii  libc6                     2.19-7
ii  libcwidget3               0.5.17-1
ii  libgcc1                   1:4.9.1-1
ii  libncursesw5              5.9+20140712-2
ii  libsigc++-2.0-0c2a        2.2.11-4
ii  libsqlite3-0              3.8.5-2
ii  libstdc++6                4.9.1-1
ii  libtinfo5                 5.9+20140712-2
ii  libxapian22               1.2.18-1

Versions of packages aptitude recommends:
ii  aptitude-doc-en [aptitude-doc]  0.6.11-1
ii  libparse-debianchangelog-perl   1.2.0-1
ii  sensible-utils                  0.0.9

Versions of packages aptitude suggests:
ii  apt-xapian-index  0.46
ii  debtags           1.12.1
ii  tasksel           3.20

-- no debconf information

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