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Re: holding packages

On 6 Mar 2001, Brian May wrote:

> So, as I was saying before, it is obvious that split between apt and
> dpkg is messed up[1], partly because my guess is apt-get directly
> refers to /var/lib/dpkg/status to find this hold information, which I
> consider should be private to dpkg.

It parses the status file, and has always parsed the status file, because
that is the only reasonable interface to get the status of package and the
complete data for them. 


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