[Piuparts-devel] Bug#526045: RFH - Current Status, Troubleshooting, Test Case

Holger Levsen holger at layer-acht.org
Mon May 30 11:40:47 UTC 2011

Hi Scott,

are you subscribed to the piuparts package in the PTS or do you need cc:s?

On Donnerstag, 26. Mai 2011, Scott Schaefer wrote:
> Unfortunately, given that the latest data on this is now over two years
> old, and the URLs are stale, I am nearly certain I cannot duplicate the
> exact problem.  So, I am left to find a current test case.  Looking at
> http://piuparts.debian.org/sid/, I am not certain where to start.  So,
> if anyone can provide input re:

http://piuparts.debian.org/sid/state-dependency-does-not-exist.html still 
shows many packages where the first depends in an alternate depends is not 
installable. (eg depends: apache|apache2)

> 1) How likely/possible is it that this was a bug in apt two years ago
> that has been subsequently fixed ?

its not a bug in apt, its on in piuparts master slave mode.
> I note that, in the example above, debconf is a virtual package.
> Current aptitude/apt-get appears to generate error (even with
> APT::Get::Assume-Yes), when a virtual package is selected for install.
> So, either:
> a) the piuparts code to select the proper "specific package for virtual
> package depends" is broken, or
> b) apt operated differently in the past; i.e. it would "auto-magically
> select", or
> c) I am more confused than even I thought.

piuparts master slave mode has its own dependency resolver, which doesnt take 
alternative depends into consideration.

thats the root of the problem.

or, IMO, rather, that packages specify alternative depends where the first one 
isnt fullfilable in main.

> 2) Is there a specfic package, or even a specific category on
> http://piuparts.debian.org/ that I can review to troubleshoot further ?

the url given above.


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