[Aptitude-devel] Bug#879965: Bug#879965: aptitude: build-dep fails with vague (& probably bogus) error

Axel Beckert abe at debian.org
Fri Oct 27 18:36:21 UTC 2017

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thanks for the bug report!

Nomen Nescio wrote:
> Running "aptitude --log-level=debug build-dep mutt" produces:
>   Unable to satisfy the build-depends: Build-Depends: libgpgme11-dev
>   Unable to apply some actions, aborting

On a first glance, this looks to me like a duplicate of #509100

Can you please verify that your issue only shows up if there are
virtual packages listed in the build-dependencies (or their
dependencies), i.e. if aptitude always and only argues about virtual

> 2) The libgpgme11-dev package is already installed.  So aptitude
> should not even be attempting to install it in the first place.

JFTR: libgpgme11-dev is a virtual package, provided by libgpgme-dev —
in Debian Stretch as well as in Debian Unstable. Another common thing
with #509100.

> 4) "Unable to apply some actions" is too vague.  What actions?

Installation, Removal, Reinstallation, Configuration, etc. Do you know
any better term to describe any action on packages?

> It's also important to point out that apt-get has no problem.  That
> is, running "apt-get build-dep mutt" shows:

Also common with #509100.

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