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Re: keeping an obsolete package (libx264-78) removes its automatically installed status

On Sat, 19 Dec 2009 09:31:50 -0800
Daniel Burrows <dburrows@debian.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 08:59:28PM -0500, Celejar <celejar@gmail.com> was heard to say:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > The package 'libx264-78' is installed on my (Sid) system:
> > 
> > ~# aptitude why libx264-78
> > i   gnome-mplayer Depends mplayer (>= 1.0~) | mplayer-nogui (>= 1.0~)
> > i A mplayer       Depends libx264-78 (>= 1:0.svn20091101)
> > 
> > Aptitude shows it in the 'Obsolete and Locally Created Packages'
> > section.  When I try to upgrade the system, aptitude (initially)
> > suggests that I keep this package, but whenever I accept the
> > suggestion, the package's status of 'automatically installed' goes
> > away, and it becomes marked as manually installed (which is certainly
> > not what I want, since I have no idea what the thing is - I just want
> > mplayer to be happy).
>   Before you enter the resolver, is libx264-78 being removed as unused?

No, since it's needed by mplayer.

> After you accept its suggestion, is libx264-78 still required by the
> version of mplayer being installed?

> > This doesn't seem to happen to most packages -
> > does this have anything to do with the fact that it's 'obsolete' (i.e.,
> > currently not available in the archives)? Is this a bug?
>   It sounds like a bug.  The resolver shouldn't touch automatic flags
> except to set them to "true" (for new installs).

Hm, I thought I had already filed one, but it seems that I hadn't.
Well, now I have:


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