[Aptitude-devel] Bug#787663: aptitude forgets/clears manually set auto-installed-flags in several situations

Christoph Anton Mitterer calestyo at scientia.net
Mon Feb 29 05:15:40 GMT 2016

On Sun, 2016-02-28 at 17:29 +0000, Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo wrote:
> I just tried to reproduce this with upgrading "less" (some packages
> recommend it) and "install-info" (some packages depend on it) in
> curses,
> with A flag set, but after proceeding to install but selecting "n" in
> apt-listchanges and then back to aptitude curses, the packages are
> still
> marked for upgrade and with A flag.
> I tried the same with the command line, and with the same results --
> no
> removal of A flag.
Sure that works...

> On the other hand, if I understood correctly, if nothing depends on
> krb5-k5tls on your system, you shouldn't have it marked as
> automatically
> installed.
Why not?
It's a handy way to flag packages which I have just installed because
of something else (which however lacks a recommends or so)...
e.g. mkvtoolnix-gui used to not be recommended by mkvtoolnix, but I
installed the former only because of the later...
Or it can be used to scheduled packages for removal, but not doing it
right now.

Of course this makes just sense if auto-removal is not enabled, which
is however also perfectly fine to do.

> In fact, installing krb5-k5tls in my system and marking it as
> automatically installed, aptitude attempts to remove it immediately
> --
> which is the right thing to do.
Sure.. but I don't think it's the right thing to remove the flag if I
manually set it.
Human is smarter than the machine... if he wants it he should get it.

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