[Aptitude-devel] Bug#841506: aptitude: cannot reinstall package available as update

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Wed Apr 19 00:13:17 UTC 2017

Quoting Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo (2017-04-18 22:52:34)
> Hi Jonas,
> 2017-04-18 21:54 Jonas Smedegaard:
> >Quoting Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo (2017-04-18 21:01:41)
> >> So I am not sure what's going on, but I don't think that reinstalling is
> >> missing from the logic related with 'G'.
> >>
> >> Perhaps it's related with the package half-broken state in dpkg that
> >> this could not proceed, or some temporary inconsistency between
> >> aptitude<->apt or apt<->dpkg; but indeed it does not seem to be a
> >> problem in the common case.
> >
> >Yes, Most certainly relates to the package being half-broken in dpkg.
> >Listing events, rephrased from my initial post to this bugreport:
> >
> > 1) A package went into a semi-broken state needing reinstall
> > 2) Aptitude proxied dpkg error about 1)
> > 3) Attempt to use the aptitude way to reinstall fails
> >
> >The bug tracked in this bugreport is 3), triggered by 1).
> >
> >
> >Yes, 1) is rare and 1) occuring while using aptitude even more rare. Not
> >sure why you mention that, however.  That does not make the bug go away.
> My comment was not directly addressed to you as submitter, sorry for not
> making that clear.
> It was just to set on record for my future-self or other people
> investigating this bug report later (possibly months or years down the
> line) that the code paths related to reinstalling were tested a lot
> during my investigation of the other bug report, both UI and command
> line, and under different conditions (package available in repository,
> package obsolete, package obsolete but files downloaded locally; and
> same with scheduled actions and slightly different conditions --forced
> internal variables and code paths due to debugging the problem--),
> without ever getting the same behaviour as described here.
> Since I tend to rely on my last comments on the issue when revisiting
> bugs, I just wanted to give an update on the current situation, before I
> forget my recent investigation on the other bug report.

Sorry - I shall try remember that the bugreport is yours, not mine :-)

No promise, but I will try not respond any further to this bugreport 
unless directly requested.

Kind regards,

 - Jonas

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