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Re: Package conflicts, breaks, and problematic upgrades... with irqbalance

Hi Thomas!
The issue isn't in the image build - that's easily controlled and indeed irqbalance is not installed in the default Debian images. The issue is with instances after they are running. Anytime the kernel is updated, users can run into this problem because it has this recommends dependency.

Zach Marano

On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 11:39 AM Thomas Lange <lange@informatik.uni-koeln.de> wrote:
>>>>> On Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:14:38 +0000, Zach Marano <zmarano@google.com> said:

    > So, irqbalance is a recommended package not a required package. But because its a recommended package by the kernel package it seems to get
    > priority to be installed even though it is not installed already.

In our cloud FAI config we use this:

PACKAGES install-norec AMD64

This means install linux-image-amd64 without recommends. If some other
package also has irqbalance in its recommends, we can explicitly add a


which should deinstall or prevent it from being installed.

regards Thomas

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