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Re: Apt get dselect-upgrade

On 20 Feb 1999, Roland Rosenfeld wrote:

> Jules Bean <jmlb2@hermes.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> >> I've done something. Not sure what. If I run apt-get update followed by
> >> apt-get dist-upgrade all's fine.  If I run apt-get update followed by
> >> apt-get  dselect-upgrade, dselect wants to remove 197M of software and
> >> packages.
> >> How do I regenerate the packages list for dselect so that it will accept
> >> a dselect upgrade ??
> > dselect-upgrade is not designed to run by hand.
> > dselect-upgrade should only be run (automatically, invisibly from the
> > user) by dselect, when apt is the access method.
> Why?
> I always run "apt-get -d dselect-upgrade" by hand, then move the
> packages by hand from /var/cache/apt/archives to my local archive (for 
> use from other machines) and install the received packages using dpkg -i
> This works perfectly fine here.
> Please note, that I always run "dselect update" to update the package
> listings and not only "apt-get update". Maybe that's the problem above?

That is the difference, yes.

Dselect updates its own private database of selected packages, which apt
doesn't use.

As long as you've used dselect to update (so the available file gets
updated), and possibly selected new packages in dselect, then you can
indeed run dselect-upgrade by hand.


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