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Re: circular dependencies and dist-upgrades sarge->woody

On Sat, Jan 29, 2005 at 12:24:43PM +0100, Henning Glawe wrote:

> I must have some supernatural powers to always attract the same bug: woodys
> apt fed too short lists into dpkg and thus broke the configuration of
> circular depending packages (Note: "dpkg --configure blah blubb", where blah
> depends on blubb and blubb depends on blah works; if you try to run it on
> each package seperately, it fails).
> Sarge's apt works around this by increasing the list length fed into dpkg.

> There is one case in which users can be bitten by this: when using apt-get
> dist-upgrade to sarge, so when documenting the woody-sarge upgrade, it should
> be at least mentioned that the user can run into this and should first
> upgrade apt to solve this problem.

The release notes currently recommend to use aptitude, not apt-get, for
upgrading from woody to sarge.  Do you know if this problem also occurs with
woody's aptitude?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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