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Re: howto find out why dist-upgrade wants to remove a package?

Daniel Burrows wrote:
On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 12:36:15AM +0300, Andrei Popescu <andreimpopescu@gmail.com> was heard to say:
On Sun,13.Jul.08, 16:27:53, Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:

How do I find out why he wants to remove a package?
Try asking aptitude:

$ aptitude why <package>

  That's unlikely to help, unless they were removed because they looked
unused.  Did the dist-upgrade print anything about broken dependencies?
You could try running "aptitude -s dist-upgrade" and see what it says
and why (type "o" at the resolver prompt, if there is one, and it should
say why it wants to remove stuff, if it does).

Thanks, Daniel. I should really learn aptitude. It at least clarified things:

The following packages are BROKEN:
  ghostscript libaprutil1
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
ghostscript: Conflicts: gs-common (< 8.62) but 0.3.13 is installed and it is kept back. Conflicts: gs-gpl (< 8.62) but 8.56.dfsg.1-1.1 is installed and it is kept back. libaprutil1: Conflicts: php4-mysql (< 6:4.4.4-10) but 6:4.4.4-8 is installed and it is kept back.
Resolving dependencies...
The following actions will resolve these dependencies:

Remove the following packages:


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