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Re: Bug#181170: dpkg: -l cannot get status to match desire if purged


[ CCing debian-l10n-english for wording suggestions. ]

On Sun, 2003-02-16 at 13:36:52 +0800, Dan Jacobson wrote:
> Package: dpkg
> Version: 1.10.9
> Severity: wishlist
> lets say we purge a package, then list it:
> # dpkg -l  dpkg-www
> Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
> |Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
> |/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err:uppercase=bad)
> ||/ Name               Version            Description
> +++-==================-==================-====================================================
> pn  dpkg-www           <none>             (no description available)
> well, true, it is a cosmetic problem, but as you see, there is no way
> to make the desired state letter match the status letter, as all there
> is is "Not/Installed" and no matching category.  therefore we never
> reach our desires, one could say. so maybe rename something.

I'm not going to change the ‘desired’ or ‘status’ letters, as that would
break external packages and scripts realying on them bein what they
currently are.

You have to consider though, that they are not meant to match, as one
is an action to perform and the other a state. But I could certainly
change the first to something like “Desired Action”.


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