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Re: Handling of removed packages

On 29/05/08 at 13:24 +0200, Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt wrote:
> Heya,
> For some time now, I have been thinking about the problem of packages
> which are removed from the archive at some point, without an (enforced)
> transition to a new package name. Users of such packages keep them
> around, usually never noticing the fact that no security (or other)
> support is available anymore.
> Our current package management doesn't handle this case at all, so we
> might need to fix this - we just need to decide how. The probably
> easiest way would be to make apt whine on all packages that are not
> available in any version at one of the locations specified in
> sources.list. This trivial solution sucks, because locally created
> packages [1] also fall in this category. So, has anyone a good idea
> solving this problem, without needing to keepr masses of status/diff/bla
> files around?

I usually run 'apt-show-versions | grep -v uptodate' to find them. The
remaining list is short enough to be analyzed manually.
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