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

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Mon Mar 6 19:25:45 UTC 2017

Control: tags -1 - moreinfo + wontfix

2016-09-01 12:24 Sven Joachim:
>>> 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)

2016-09-01 16:20 David Kalnischkies:
>(I am "just" one of the libapt maintainer, but for me that falls in the
>same category as the bugs about that against apt: "wontfix as long as it
>isn't closed as not-a-bug-but-a-feature")

Yep, the feature above was implemented due to the bigger problem that
aptitude was not installing essential packages of newer releases

I'm not willing to rework the code now to behave in the old way or to
consider the case originating from this bug report -- so closing as

(Perhaps pinning can help with this case if it's annoying enough, it's
the only solution that comes from the top of my head).

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

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