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Re: colour-ls showing up in dselect

Chris Fearnley <cjf@netaxs.com> writes:
> 'Andy Guy wrote:'
> >Ian Jackson <ian@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:
> >> 
> >> This seems correct to me.  I suspect that dpkg-ftp is doing something
> >> wrong with available packages info.
> >
> >What should dpkg-ftp do ?  I have Package files from one or more
> >distributions, currently I call dpkg --merge-avail on each one.  There
> >is a currently outstanding Bug#4860 on dpkg-ftp because something is
> >not working.
> >
> >I tried to have a look at the other update methods but couldn't be
> >sure what was going on.
> If a package is not physically available, then it should be purged
> from the available database, IMO.  I think dpkg should have an option to
> check for this case.
> John Kirk and I looked at this yesterday.  We couldn't figure out what
> this line from "dpkg --help" means:
>   dpkg --forget-old-unavail               forget uninstalled unavailable pkgs
> Perhaps this is what dselect and dpkg-ftp should run.  However, I did
> not find the solution yet.  Anyone have more clues?

But what do you mean by physically available?  By definition dpkg-ftp
is dealing with files that arn't on the local machine.  What if you
point it at the non-us site to update some packages - should it forget
about all the packages in stable?


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