[Aptitude-devel] Bug#841347: packages are not marked as auto "i A" in aptitude

Michael Biebl biebl at debian.org
Wed Oct 19 21:35:17 UTC 2016

Thanks for you quick reply, David

Am 19.10.2016 um 21:32 schrieb David Kalnischkies:

> As far as I can see in the reproduce steps apt tools are working as
> expected, it is aptitude which isn't working to your liking, hence
> reassigning as I have no (real) idea about aptitude.
> Given that apt autoremoves the dependencies I guess they are correctly
> marked as automatic on installation (you can check with 'apt-mark
> showauto' to be sure), but somehow aptitude looses the autobit on
> removal. aptitude would usually by default remove the autoremoveable
> packages together with the -build-deps package, wouldn't it?

apt-mark showauto correctly lists the installed dependencies.
When running aptitude interactively, it shows the installed dependencies
as "i" and not "i A" though, which means installed manually and not

So if I install via apt, the auto state is not properly set for
aptitude. I have no idea how apt and aptitude interact and if the
autobit is something which is supposed to be shared between both?
Do they access the same database or is aptitude tracking this
information on its own?

Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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