[Aptitude-devel] Bug#539978: marked as done ("show" says an installed package is not installed)

Daniel Hartwig mandyke at gmail.com
Sat Feb 1 07:43:13 UTC 2014

On 1 February 2014 13:58, Daniel Hartwig <mandyke at gmail.com> wrote:
> The concern being that it is misleading to report "not installed" for
> upgrades, though it may be technically correct, in a sense.  It has been
> suggested to make things more clear by changing the state field to say
> "not installed, upgrade" or similar.

The same concern is valid for multi-arch alternates, especially in the
case of M-A: foreign packages that have an installed equivalent.

> An alternative is for "aptitude show PKG" to display both the candidate
> and installed versions, as apt-cache does.

Another alternate is to handle this similar to how the curses
interface does, including a list of versions at the end.  Such an
approach has to be clear about informing the user which version is
providing the details, as dependencies, etc. are prone to change.


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