[Piuparts-devel] Bug#603453: Bug#603453: Thoughts on the "E: Packages need to be removed but remove is disabled." issue

Holger Levsen holger at layer-acht.org
Sun Nov 28 10:59:04 UTC 2010

Hi Julien,

On Sonntag, 28. November 2010, Julien Valroff wrote:
> I have made some quick tests with the same sets of packages as before and
> it seems it fixes the issue.

Yay! And thanks for confirming!

> However, you had stated in the related piuparts.d.o page that "the
> solution is not to enable removal, but understand why the
> piuparts-depends-dummy package has to be removed to install the ptjer
> packages... "
> I thought there were other problems implied with the --no-remove option…

Well, I couldnt see and imagine any, and on the opposite I know that sometimes 
removal is needed (ie especially during upgrades from one distro to another) 
so I decided there is nothing to understand why removal was disabled, so I 
enabled it.  There are some coding decissions in piuparts I dont understand, 
and sometimes the reasons & settings have changed, so what once made sense, 
doesnt make sense anymore.

And, if things go wrong due to remove being enabled, I think I will notice 
eventually :-)

Of those 17 packages retested (9 in sid, 8 in squeeze) which used to fail 
because of this, there were now 14 successfull test and 3 failures, all due 
to broken depends. (It's sid after all, amd64 autobuilders are usually quite 
fast, but not always.) In 7 days those 3 will be scheduled for new tests 
automatically - so, so far, all is good :)

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