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Bug#102423: marked as done (no errors on invalid syntax in /etc/apt/preferences)

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Package: apt
Version: 0.5.3
Severity: normal

If there is a syntax or other error in the preferences file apt
silently ignores it, which makes it extremely hard to debug


-- System Information
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux thunder 2.4.2-ac23-lvm091b6 #2 Fri Mar 23 23:35:00 CET 2001 i686
Locale: LANG=en_GB.ISO-8859-1, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.ISO-8859-1

Versions of packages apt depends on:
ii  libc6                  2.2.3-6           GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libstdc++2.10-glibc2.2 1:2.95.4-0.010604 The GNU stdc++ library            

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Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 09:28:16 +0200
From: Wichert Akkerman <wichert@wiggy.net>
To: Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@debian.org>, control@bugs.debian.org
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Subject: Re: Bug#102423: no errors on invalid syntax in /etc/apt/preferences
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In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.3.96.1010627205318.8810B-100000@wakko.deltatee.com>; from jgg@debian.org on Wed, Jun 27, 2001 at 08:59:28PM -0600
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reopen 102423

Previously Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> As I said, It isn't incorrect, it is an unsupported field, just like any
> other file in that format unsupported fields are ignored. This is so if
> you have to downgrade apt it doesn't break parsing the preferences file.

If you make it a warning apt won't break when you downgrade it, but
people will still notice they made a mistake. Magicaly breaking is
*not* good.


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