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Bug#964475: dpkg breaks apt autopkgtest: dpkg: error: unknown option --foreign-architecture

Source: dpkg, apt
Control: found -1 dpkg/1.20.4
Control: found -1 apt/2.1.6
Severity: serious
Tags: sid bullseye
X-Debbugs-CC: debian-ci@lists.debian.org
User: debian-ci@lists.debian.org
Usertags: breaks needs-update

Dear maintainer(s),

With a recent upload of dpkg the autopkgtest of apt fails in testing
when that autopkgtest is run with the binary packages of dpkg from
unstable. It passes when run with only packages from testing. In tabular

                       pass            fail
dpkg                   from testing    1.20.4
apt                    from testing    2.1.6
all others             from testing    from testing

I copied some of the output at the bottom of this report.

Currently this regression is blocking the migration of dpkg to testing
[1]. Due to the nature of this issue, I filed this bug report against
both packages. Can you please investigate the situation and reassign the
bug to the right package?

More information about this bug and the reason for filing it can be found on


[1] https://qa.debian.org/excuses.php?package=dpkg


Test for successful execution of aptmark hold bar … dpkg: error: unknown
option --foreign-architecture

Type dpkg --help for help about installing and deinstalling packages [*];
Use 'apt' or 'aptitude' for user-friendly package management;
Type dpkg -Dhelp for a list of dpkg debug flag values;
Type dpkg --force-help for a list of forcing options;
Type dpkg-deb --help for help about manipulating *.deb files;

Options marked [*] produce a lot of output - pipe it through 'less' or
'more' !
E: Sub-process dpkg --set-selections returned an error code (2)
E: Executing dpkg failed. Are you root?
FAIL: exitcode 100
Part of the test group: Test for successful execution of aptmark
showholds bar …
Test for correctness of file
/tmp/tmp.nOcxNldGYL/rootdir/tmp/testsuccess.output …
=== content of file we compared with
(/tmp/tmp.nOcxNldGYL/rootdir/tmp/testsuccess.output) ===


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