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Re: 'apt-cache search' question #2

On Mon, Mar 17, 2003 at 06:11:49PM -0700, Bill Webster wrote:
> This is not related to the original question but the other question
> reminded me about my question :-)
> A month or two ago I noticed a strange behavior with apt-cache search,
> first I noticed that it can return results for packages which can not be
> installed (no package available to install) and it can do the oposite of
> not showing any information about a package that is available for
> installation. I know next to nothing about the internals of apt and so I
> am only guessing as to what the problem might be. If I were to guess
> apt-cache uses so form of a database that it searches and that database
> do not alwas reflect the current state of the debian packages on the
> debian package site. Is this normal behavior or is this actually a bug
> in the system? Or is anyone even aware of this problem?

apt-cache uses the same database as apt-get.  It's as recent as your
last 'apt-get update'.

> I also noticed something else which I have not been able to explain. In
> the process of exporing the above issues I commented out all of the
> lines in the sources.list file and performed an 'apt-get update'. I
> expected all apt-cache searches to be unable to find any packages but
> there seemed to be a core list that is coded into apt-cache. Has anyone
> else noticed this? Or is there an explanation for this behavior? This
> appears to me to be odd behavior if apt is supposed to get it's list of
> source packages from the sources.list file.

That's very odd.  You're sure you commented out every single apt source?

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