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aptitude farted?

This is interesting.  I'm about to build something from source.  I don't want 
to, but I can't find an apt source anywhere.  I'm going to have to build some 
newer-than-installed libs too, looks like, and it's probably going to get 
ugly.  To try to make it less ugly, I wanted to install checkinstall.

aptitude is trying to remove a bunch of stuff I most assuredly DO need.  I'm 
hacking on a KDE app.  I don't want to remove these.  WTF??

Broken packages?  Tangled deps or recommends?  I've only just started using 
aptitude instead of apt-get, because of a recent thread right here expounding 
its virtuous ability to track things that were installed along with something 
else, and then remove them when that thing wears out its welcome. So you 
don't install some-dumb-flummy-0.0.2, have it pull in 30 bizarre and 
otherwise useless libs, and then keep maintaining those libs needlessly in 
perpetuity.  It sounded like a good idea.  It sure doesn't seem to be working 
as expected.

-aptitude install checkinstall
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
The following packages are unused and will be REMOVED:
  kapptemplate kbabel kbugbuster kcachegrind kdesdk-kfile-plugins
  kdesdk-misc kdesdk-scripts kompare kuiviewer poxml umbrello valgrind
The following NEW packages will be automatically installed:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  checkinstall installwatch
0 packages upgraded, 2 newly installed, 13 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 46.9kB of archives. After unpacking 20.9MB will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?]

Do I want to continue?  Of course not, dolt.  Back to apt-get.

Just for fun, I tried kdevelop3, and got the same list of things aptitude is 
convinced I no longer need.  No, I'm only installing a development IDE for 
KDE stuff.  I don't need any of the kde devel stuff.  What, do you think I'm 
going to use the IDE to develop KDE stuff?  No.  I'm going to use it to write 
bash scripts.

(I'm chuckling while I write this, so don't take this rant too seriously.)

So what's for it?  Use aptitude to install this list of things to reaffirm 
that I really want them?  Edit some file somewhere?  What?

Did I maybe lose some related package along the way without taking note?  I 
just updated yesterday.  Maybe something had to be removed without my 
noticing, and now that it's gone, aptitude thinks I no longer need this 
string of packages.

Michael McIntyre  ----   Silvan <dmmcintyr@users.sourceforge.net>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek;  registered Linux user #243621

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