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Bug#158973: update-alternatives: resets state to "auto" after preventive removing of non-existent binary

Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.4
Severity: normal

+ update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator x-terminal-emulator /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm 20 --slave /usr/share/man/man1/x-terminal-emulator.1.gz x-terminal-emulator.1.gz /usr/X11R6/man/man1/xterm.1x.gz
+ update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator x-terminal-emulator /usr/X11R6/bin/uxterm 19 --slave /usr/share/man/man1/x-terminal-emulator.1.gz x-terminal-emulator.1.gz /usr/X11R6/man/man1/uxterm.1x.gz
+ update-alternatives --remove x-terminal-emulator /usr/bin/X11/xterm
Removing manually selected alternative - switching to auto mode

This is non-sense. /usr/bin/X11/xterm does not exist, the hook is only
there to make sure that the old link is removed. update-alternatives
should just ignore that operation and keep the alternatives-entry as-is.
Instead, it sets it to auto, looks completely unreasonably for me.

-- System Information:

Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux zombie 2.4.18 #4 Fre Aug 23 23:21:38 CEST 2002 i686
Locale: LANG=de_DE@euro, LC_CTYPE=de_DE@euro

Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii  dselect                       1.10.4     a user tool to manage Debian packa
hi  libc6                         2.2.5-14   GNU C Library: Shared libraries an

-- no debconf information

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