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Strange aptitude behaviour and crashes

Hi, ever since dist-upgrading from sarge to etch, I have been having
some issues with aptitude. Here's an example:

When I look at the entries for the gimp (which I do not have
installed) in aptitude, the entry on the main list is (approximately):
p gimp      <none> <none>
and when I hit enter on this entry I get a page without a description,
with only an entry for "Packages which depend on gimp" and for
"Versions". Although there is no version listed at the top of this
page, there _is_ a version listed as
p 2.2.11-1
in this Versions entry.

When I hit enter on that version, I get a new page which is more
complete. The version at the top right of the page is still listed as
<none>, but there is a description of the package and the usual
dependency information. I can't install by hitting plus at the top of
this page, but it lets me do so when I select the entry in the
Versions node.

However, when try to install, aptitude tells me "Suggest 2 keeps" and
gives me three choices, to leave both gimp and gimp-data at their
current versions (which is [UNINST]), to install gimp-data and
gimp-svg, or to install just gimp-data. When I pick either of the last
two, it appears to work OK, but when I hit go and confirm, aptitude
dies with a segfault. It might be helpful to know that when I am not
logged in as root, it crashes after asking whether I want to become
root, but before giving me the password prompt.

My sources.list reads:
deb ftp://mirror.direct.ca/pub/linux/debian/ etch main
deb-src ftp://mirror.direct.ca/pub/linux/debian/ etch main

deb ftp://mirror.direct.ca/pub/linux/debian/ etch non-free
deb ftp://mirror.direct.ca/pub/linux/debian/ etch contrib

I have an identical problem with trying to install inkscape. These are
both programs which I had installed from backports before
dist-upgrading from sarge, but uninstalled when I upgraded.

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