[Aptitude-devel] Bug#931536: aptitude update fails to cope with changed release info

Francesco Poli (wintermute) invernomuto at paranoici.org
Sun Jul 7 11:34:39 BST 2019

Package: aptitude
Version: 0.8.11-7
Severity: normal


As you know, Debian buster has been released yesterday and the current
Debian testing has just been renamed from 'buster' to 'bullseye'.

Good, but... today I tried to update the repository lists and upgrade
my Debian testing boxes with aptitude:

  # cat /etc/apt/sources.list
  deb http://deb.debian.org/debian testing main
  deb http://deb.debian.org/debian unstable main
  deb http://deb.debian.org/debian-security testing-security main
  # aptitude update && aptitude --purge-unused safe-upgrade 
  Get: 1 http://deb.debian.org/debian testing InRelease [87.0 kB]
  Hit http://deb.debian.org/debian unstable InRelease
  Get: 2 http://deb.debian.org/debian-security testing-security InRelease [26.1 kB]
  Fetched 26.1 kB in 0s (57.2 kB/s)
  E: Repository 'http://deb.debian.org/debian testing InRelease' changed its 'Codename' value from 'buster' to 'bullseye'
  E: Failed to download some files
  W: Failed to fetch http://deb.debian.org/debian/dists/testing/InRelease: 
  E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

OK, it's telling me that the codename has changed, so I have to be
sure I want to continue to use that repository.
This is useful in cases where the user has configured something
like "deb http://deb.debian.org/debian stable main" and does not
want to be caught unprepared by a new stable release.

But for Debian testing, I really want to continue tracking testing
and the codename change is not an actual discontinuity.

I had to do the following:

  # apt update
  Get:1 http://deb.debian.org/debian testing InRelease [87.0 kB]
  Hit:2 http://deb.debian.org/debian unstable InRelease
  E: Repository 'http://deb.debian.org/debian testing InRelease' changed its 'Codename' value from 'buster' to 'bullseye'
  N: This must be accepted explicitly before updates for this repository can be applied. See apt-secure(8) manpage for details.
  Do you want to accept these changes and continue updating from this repository? [y/N] y
  Hit:3 http://deb.debian.org/debian-security testing-security InRelease
  Reading package lists... Done
  Building dependency tree
  Reading state information... Done
  All packages are up to date.

and then resume my usual upgrading procedure:

  # aptitude update && aptitude --purge-unused safe-upgrade
  Hit http://deb.debian.org/debian testing InRelease
  Hit http://deb.debian.org/debian unstable InRelease
  Hit http://deb.debian.org/debian-security testing-security InRelease
  No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
  0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
  Need to get 0 B of archives. After unpacking 0 B will be used.

I think this is a bug in aptitude: it should interactively ask the user
to explicitly confirm the will to go on with the new codename, like apt
does, and also provide a command line option to do so
("--allow-releaseinfo-change", see the apt-get(8) man page).

Please implement this feature.
Thanks for your time and dedication!


-- Package-specific info:
Terminal: xterm
$DISPLAY is set.
which aptitude: /usr/bin/aptitude

aptitude version information:
aptitude 0.8.11
Compiler: g++ 8.2.0
Compiled against:
  apt version 5.0.2
  NCurses version 6.1
  libsigc++ version: 2.10.1
  Gtk+ support disabled.
  Qt support disabled.

Current library versions:
  NCurses version: ncurses 6.1.20181013
  cwidget version: 0.5.17
  Apt version: 5.0.2

aptitude linkage:
	linux-vdso.so.1 (0x00007ffcea27c000)
	libapt-pkg.so.5.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libapt-pkg.so.5.0 (0x00007f3eb711a000)
	libncursesw.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libncursesw.so.6 (0x00007f3eb70e0000)
	libtinfo.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtinfo.so.6 (0x00007f3eb70b2000)
	libsigc-2.0.so.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libsigc-2.0.so.0 (0x00007f3eb70a9000)
	libcwidget.so.3 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcwidget.so.3 (0x00007f3eb6fa3000)
	libsqlite3.so.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libsqlite3.so.0 (0x00007f3eb6e81000)
	libboost_iostreams.so.1.67.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_iostreams.so.1.67.0 (0x00007f3eb6e61000)
	libboost_system.so.1.67.0 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_system.so.1.67.0 (0x00007f3eb6e5a000)
	libxapian.so.30 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libxapian.so.30 (0x00007f3eb6c2e000)
	libpthread.so.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x00007f3eb6c0d000)
	libstdc++.so.6 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6 (0x00007f3eb6a89000)
	libm.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libm.so.6 (0x00007f3eb6906000)
	libgcc_s.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgcc_s.so.1 (0x00007f3eb68ea000)
	libc.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x00007f3eb6729000)
	libresolv.so.2 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libresolv.so.2 (0x00007f3eb670f000)
	libz.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 (0x00007f3eb64f1000)
	libbz2.so.1.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libbz2.so.1.0 (0x00007f3eb64de000)
	liblzma.so.5 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/liblzma.so.5 (0x00007f3eb64b6000)
	liblz4.so.1 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/liblz4.so.1 (0x00007f3eb6495000)
	libzstd.so.1 => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libzstd.so.1 (0x00007f3eb63f5000)
	libudev.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libudev.so.1 (0x00007f3eb63cf000)
	libsystemd.so.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libsystemd.so.0 (0x00007f3eb632e000)
	/lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x00007f3eb7750000)
	libdl.so.2 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdl.so.2 (0x00007f3eb6329000)
	librt.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/librt.so.1 (0x00007f3eb631d000)
	libuuid.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libuuid.so.1 (0x00007f3eb6314000)
	libgcrypt.so.20 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgcrypt.so.20 (0x00007f3eb61f6000)
	libgpg-error.so.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgpg-error.so.0 (0x00007f3eb61d3000)

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 10.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (800, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.19.0-5-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=en_US:en (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

Versions of packages aptitude depends on:
ii  aptitude-common           0.8.11-7
ii  libapt-pkg5.0             1.8.2
ii  libboost-iostreams1.67.0  1.67.0-13
ii  libboost-system1.67.0     1.67.0-13
ii  libc6                     2.28-10
ii  libcwidget3v5             0.5.17-11
ii  libgcc1                   1:8.3.0-6
ii  libncursesw6              6.1+20181013-2
ii  libsigc++-2.0-0v5         2.10.1-2
ii  libsqlite3-0              3.27.2-3
ii  libstdc++6                8.3.0-6
ii  libtinfo6                 6.1+20181013-2
ii  libxapian30               1.4.11-1

Versions of packages aptitude recommends:
ii  libparse-debianchangelog-perl  1.2.0-13
ii  sensible-utils                 0.0.12

Versions of packages aptitude suggests:
pn  apt-xapian-index                <none>
pn  aptitude-doc-en | aptitude-doc  <none>
pn  debtags                         <none>
ii  tasksel                         3.53

-- no debconf information

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