Re: apt-get dselect upgrade problems
But this doesn't solve my problem -- why am I getting errors which say
no such file or directory -- its looking for a file which isn't there
-- but why is it looking? If I look in the relevant directory at
ftp.us.debian.org there is no util-linux later than April 15 which I
already have -- and yet both the available file and the status file
want a newer one. Shouldn't someone put those files there or change
the packages.gz files not to want them?
On Thu, 12 Jul 2001, aidanc wrote:
> Breathe, man, breathe...
> On Thu, 12 Jul 2001 16:20:53 "Jürgen A. Erhard" wrote:
> > >>>>> "Joost" == Joost Kooij <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > Joost> On Thu, Jul 12, 2001 at 09:52:46AM -0400, John Covici wrote:
> > >> I just did apt-get update before doing the upgrade -- how could
> > they
> > >> be out of date?
> > Joost> If you do a "dselect-upgrade" with apt-get, it will use the
> > Joost> dpkg available packages database.
> > Bullshit. (Sorry, but I even did an strace on apt-get dselect-upgrade
> > just now to be sure, and nowhere does it access
> > /var/lib/dpkg/available).
> > It *will* use dselect's package status file for checking which
> > packages should be installed, but it always does this anyway (both
> > apt-get upgrade and apt-get dselect-upgrade open /var/lib/dpkg/status,
> > according to strace).
> > Joost> Apt normally uses its own available packages database, and
> > Joost> does not use the dpkg database. The dpkg available
> > Joost> database must also be kept up to date, but there is no
> > Joost> "apt-get dselect-update" for that. I think that apt-get
> > Joost> should do this on every regular "apt-get update", because
> > Joost> it should keep the dpkg available packages list in sync
> > Joost> with the user's expectations.
> > As I said, that's bullshit. You're right that dpkg's available file
> > needs to be up to date... but only for dselect and for manual browsing
> > (do that quite often myself). dpkg itself doesn't use it AFAIK.
> > You do the updating via "dselect update", but I should think that you
> > known that.
> > Bye, J
> > PS: I wouldn't have reacted so strongly if a) you didn't walk around
> > here with an aura of "I *always* know what I'm saying" and b) there
> > hadn't been someone stating that you were one of the most
> > knowledgeable people on this list. Sorry, but those factors just
> > *call* for a "cutting down to size once in a while".
> > --
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