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Re: Important information regarding upcoming dpkg 1.16.2 upload


On Sun, 18 Mar 2012, Guillem Jover wrote:
> With multiarch, non-installed selections w/o an architecture, do not
> make sense, in addition there's no guarantee they match any entry
> from the available file and the db could end up with a selection that
> could not be addressed from the command line when other more specific
> selections were present. As such the new dpkg will silently drop any
> such selections, which look like (with possible Section and Priority
> fields):
> In addition selections for packages unknown to dpkg will not be
> accepted anymore.

I'm not sure I understand this correctly but I'm afraid that this is a
serious regression.

It has always been possible to sort-of "duplicate" a system by doing
"dpkg --get-selections >file" on one computer and running "dpkg
--set-selections <file" on another computer followed by an "apt-get

This requires that dpkg accepts the selection for packages that it
doesn't know about (but that apt knows).

Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer

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