[Aptitude-devel] Bug#490547: aptitude: safe-upgrade selectively clears 'automatic' flags

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 20:46:55 GMT 2016

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Hi again,

2016-01-30 20:20 To Rune Tendal Kock:
>2016-01-23 20:51 GMT+00:00 Rune Tendal Kock <rune.kock at gmail.com>:
>> Hi Manuel
>> I haven't noticed this behaviour recently, but then again I haven't
>> been looking out for it.  Also, I've reinstalled my computer from
>> scratch, so in case it was somehow special back then, it would no
>> longer be so.
>> So I'm unable to provide any more information on the bug.
>No problem, and thanks for the reply after so long.
>I will keep this open for the time being, at least until a subsequent
>review.  There are other bugs complaining about problems with
>automatic flags when upgrading, either this is a manifestation of the
>same bug behind those those cases, or the underlying problems were
>fixed somewhere in aptitude or (lib)apt in the intervening years.

I was reviewing this problem with the changes in the last release and in
the one about to happen.  I tried to reproduce this bug, directly and
indirectly when checking other bug reports, and I haven't been able to
reproduce it.

In any case, this is a moving target and what happened in 2007/2008 has
little resemblance with the situation today, even if superficially the
symptoms look similar.  Several major versions of both apt and aptitude
went by, and some of these issues can come from both libapt, aptitude,
or the interaction between the two.

Many reports in aptitude auto-flag mishandled have been addressed in the
last few months.  Probably some (or, with less luck, many) still remain,
and many reports are still open and left to be investigated.

Hopefully it got fixed silently in the last few years, or with the
specific changes in the last releases; but if not, it's better if we try
to catch it when we have a recent and reproducible case.

So closing this report now.

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

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