[Aptitude-devel] Bug#836265: aptitude: keeps reselecting sysvinit

Sven Joachim svenjoac at gmx.de
Thu Sep 1 10:24:59 UTC 2016

On 2016-09-01 11:58 +0200, ydirson at free.fr wrote:

> ----- Mail original -----
>> I don't see sysvinit being Essential anymore in unstable:
>> → apt-cache show sysvinit | fgrep -i Essential
>>  This package depends on init, which is an essential package that
>> Any chance that you have stable/jessie in your sources.list, too?
> Yes: wheezy, jessie, testing, unstable, experimental.

Actually only the wheezy version of sysvinit is essential, and you might
want to remove that suite from your sources.list (mixing oldstable and
unstable is not supported).

>> If so, the bug might be that aptitude considers any version essential
>> even if only a non-candidate version is marked as essential.

Note that apt behaves the same way, see #216768.  See also the changelog
entry for 0.8.1-1:

| aptitude (0.8.1-1) unstable; urgency=low
| [...]
|     - Bug fixes:
|       * Install new Essential or Required packages with the commands
|         "full-upgrade" (command line) and MarkUpgradable ('U' in the curses
|         interface) (Closes: #555896, #757028)


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