[Aptitude-devel] Bug#814996: aptitude: purge does not "stick" the first time

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 14:52:59 GMT 2016

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Hi Christian,

2016-02-17 12:58 Christian Pernegger:
>Package: aptitude
>Version: 0.6.11-1+b1
>Severity: normal
>Dear Maintainer,
>let's say I purge some packages and exit aptitude, then relaunch it
>later and press [g]. The expected behaviour would be for aptitude to
>report there's nothing to do. Instead, all the packages purged in the
>previous session show up again, marked for install. If I press [_]
>(purge) again at this point, they'll stay down.
>Unfortunately this also happens if I actually do something in the
>second session -- the purges will just show up as additional installs,
>which might easily be missed if the list of changes is excessive.
>This occurs on both fresh jessie installs I have.

I cannot reproduce this behaviour.

Do you launch aptitude as user and then become root, or launch it as

How much time passes between the sessions, do they run immediately or
some time passes in between (so e.g. maybe some tool runs automatically
updating the system)?

Do you have the options to automatically install Recommends or Suggests
enabled, in the system, root .aptitude/config or user .aptitude/config?

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo at gmail.com>

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