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Bug#494085: apt-get install removes packages instead of upgrading



Package: apt
Version: 0.7.9
Severity: normal

apt-get install has repeatedly shown a propensity to remove packages
rather than upgrading them.   In the following example, it tries to
remove openoffice, kde, gnome, and konqueror at least the first three of
which are common targets.

 apt-get install kvdr
 The following packages will be REMOVED
   abiword-gnome abiword-plugins-gnome democracyplayer dfontmgr
     fast-user-switch-applet foomatic-db-hpijs gaim gnome gnome-applets
       gnome-control-center gnome-core gnome-desktop-environment
       gnome-office
         gnome-panel gnome-session gstreamer0.8-jack hpijs hpijs-ppds
	 hplip hplip-dbg
	   hplip-gui kde-amusements kde-core kdeaddons kdebase
	   kdebase-kio-plugins
	     kdepim kmail kmailcvt konq-plugins konqueror
	     konqueror-nsplugins korn
	       libaiksaurus0c102 libarchive-tar-perl libdbd-pg-perl
	       libdigest-nilsimsa-perl
	         libft-perl libglade-perl libgtk-perl libjack0.80.0-0
		 libjack0.80.0-dev
		   libneon25 libperl5.8 libpg-perl libpod-simple-perl
		   libpurple-bin libpurple0
		     libsvn0 libversion-perl nautilus nautilus-cd-burner
		     openmortal
		       openoffice.org openoffice.org-base
		       openoffice.org-calc openoffice.org-draw
		         openoffice.org-help-en-us
			 openoffice.org-impress openoffice.org-math
			   openoffice.org-writer pidgin printconf
			   python-uno python-wxgtk2.4 vim
			     vim-gtk



-- Package-specific info:

-- apt-config dump --

APT "";
APT::Architecture "i386";
APT::Build-Essential "";
APT::Build-Essential:: "build-essential";
APT::Install-Recommends "1";
APT::Install-Suggests "0";
APT::Acquire "";
APT::Acquire::Translation "environment";
APT::NeverAutoRemove "";
APT::NeverAutoRemove:: "^linux-image.*";
APT::NeverAutoRemove:: "^linux-restricted-modules.*";
APT::Default-Release "unstable";
APT::Cache-Limit "20000000";
Dir "/";
Dir::State "var/lib/apt/";
Dir::State::lists "lists/";
Dir::State::cdroms "cdroms.list";
Dir::State::userstatus "status.user";
Dir::State::status "/var/lib/dpkg/status";
Dir::Cache "var/cache/apt/";
Dir::Cache::archives "archives/";
Dir::Cache::srcpkgcache "srcpkgcache.bin";
Dir::Cache::pkgcache "pkgcache.bin";
Dir::Etc "etc/apt/";
Dir::Etc::sourcelist "sources.list";
Dir::Etc::sourceparts "sources.list.d";
Dir::Etc::vendorlist "vendors.list";
Dir::Etc::vendorparts "vendors.list.d";
Dir::Etc::main "apt.conf";
Dir::Etc::parts "apt.conf.d";
Dir::Etc::preferences "preferences";
Dir::Bin "";
Dir::Bin::methods "/usr/lib/apt/methods";
Dir::Bin::dpkg "/usr/bin/dpkg";
Dir::Log "var/log/apt";
Dir::Log::Terminal "term.log";
DPkg "";
DPkg::Pre-Install-Pkgs "";
DPkg::Pre-Install-Pkgs:: "/usr/sbin/dpkg-preconfigure --apt || true";
DPkg::Post-Invoke "";
DPkg::Post-Invoke:: "if [ -x /usr/bin/debsums ]; then /usr/bin/debsums --generate=nocheck -sp /var/cache/apt/archives; fi";

-- (no /etc/apt/preferences present) --


-- /etc/apt/sources.list --

#deb file:///cdrom/ sarge main

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 r1 _Sarge_ - Official i386 Binary-2 (20051218)]/ unstable contrib main
# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 r1 _Sarge_ - Official i386 Binary-1 (20051218)]/ unstable contrib main

deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free

deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
# deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free
# deb http://security.debian.org/ unstable/updates main contrib non-free

deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free


deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
# deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free


# add deb repositories for dvd/video stuff
deb http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian sarge main
deb-src http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian sarge main
deb http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian sid main
deb-src http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian sid main
deb http://tonelli.sns.it/pub/mplayer/sarge ./
deb http://ftp.debian-unofficial.org/debian stable main contrib non-free restricted
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org/ sid main

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (990, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US (charmap=ISO-8859-1)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages apt depends on:
ii  debian-archive-keyring        2007.07.31 GnuPG archive keys of the Debian a
ii  libc6                         2.7-12     GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libgcc1                       1:4.2.2-4  GCC support library
ii  libstdc++6                    4.2.2-4    The GNU Standard C++ Library v3

apt recommends no packages.

-- no debconf information



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