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Bug#45121: dpkg: No option to rebuild /usr from /var/state

On Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 10:56:23AM -0400, Clint Adams wrote:
> > Hrmpf. dpkg is the low-level packaging tool, it needs to be fed the location
> > of packages. The bug report was complaining that dpkg missed functionality;
> > I showed it already possessed that functionality through a concrete example.
> > Of course, for the sake of convenience, there should be a way to get it
> > through a higher-level tool like apt or dselect, but that's beside the real
> > point: dpkg already has what one needs to restore the system in the type of
> > situation the reporter described.
> Perhaps the bug should be reassigned to apt, then.  I know I've had
> a few instances where I needed to reinstall various packages and had
> to fudge the version numbers in the status file to get dselect or apt
> to refetch.
Apt already has a bug open for a --force-reinstall option or the like.

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