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

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Mon Mar 20 22:36:52 UTC 2017

2017-03-07 23:33 GMT+01:00 Jonas Smedegaard <dr at jones.dk>:
> Quoting Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo (2017-03-07 22:43:39)
>> Under normal conditions, one can reinstall a single package ("l" +
>> "g") at any time, no problem -- it doesn't prevent to Go ahead just
>> because reinstall is not a supported operation.  Does this work for
>> you right now, I hope?
> It works to reinstall packages, yes.  This bug is not that reinstall
> stopped generally working, but that it refused to work for that specific
> package being in limbo, where aptitude (or dpkg bubbling through?)
> explicitly instructed to _reinstall_.
> [...]
>> Nevermind.  This has to do with my wrong interpretation.  When the
>> package to be reinstalled has been upgraded in the server, one should
>> upgrade, reinstall never works.
> I realize that your misunderstanding me quite likely stems from my bad
> phrasing of the subject of this bugreport: Kernel package had failed to
> install _moments_ before trying to reinstall - not long time befor - so
> situation was _not_ that the package no longer was available for
> re-download (I am aware that "l" does a fresh download of the current
> version of the package and therefore need that version to be available).

Everything is more clear now, there are some ideas to simulate a
broken update and try to reproduce it.

However I'm quite low on spare time at the moment, so it can take a while.

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

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