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Re: apt: "The following packages have been kept back:"

On 08/02/08 14:09, JW wrote:
I sometimes have a hard time figuring out why apt keeps certain packages back. For example the other day during an apt-get upgrade it was "keeping back" openoffice (and all the OO componant packages). It was not requiring any packages to be removed, it wasn't causing any major packages to be upgraded.

$ man apt-get
    New versions of currently installed packages that cannot
    be upgraded without changing the install status of another
    package will be left at their current version.

How can I find out the *reason* why a package is kept back?

# apt-get install <a-held-back-package>

This is all on a default Etch system - nothing peculiar about it, no unstable or backported or third party repos used, no special pinnings setup.

This is all perfectly normal and expected behavior.

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

Scientists are people, too.  IOW, they also "crave power, money,
respect, and influence, and they also fear for their jobs. Each
can be a healthy motivator, but each has the ability to turn a
good scientist into a bad one; and in some cases, they can turn
a good scientist into a charlatan."

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