[Bug 503765] Re: aptitude pkgstates gets corrupted

Daniel Hartwig 503765 at bugs.launchpad.net
Tue Sep 4 10:34:59 UTC 2012

On 4 September 2012 17:41, Sergio Callegari <sergio.callegari at gmail.com> wrote:
> If I clean up the scheduled changes in aptitude, then I work for some
> time (say 1 month) without using aptitude, but just apt-get, synaptic,
> or apper  and after 1 month I go back to saying 'sudo aptitude install',
> then aptitude shows that mess, probably due to the fact that it is being
> confused by something that happened behind it shoulders.

Curious.  I have absolutely never experienced that although I do
intermix use of apt-get with aptitude.  There are reports of small
scale problems like this, but they only ever have mentioned one or two
packages which were previously installed/removed by aptitude.  I will
attempt to recreate this and look in to it.

Do you have something like apticron or cron-apt installed which may be
scheduling updates with aptitude?

Please attach also the output from:

$ sudo apt-config dump -c /root/.aptitude/config -c ~/.aptitude/config

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  aptitude pkgstates gets corrupted

Status in “aptitude” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Binary package hint: aptitude

  On four different machines (one 32 bit, two 64bit), I am recently
  experiencing corruptions in the package status database private to
  aptitude, namely /var/lib/aptitude/pkgstates.

  This results in a crazy behavior of aptitude, that starts thinking
  that many packages are broken when in fact they are not.  For

  aptitude install
  Reading package lists... Done                    
  Building dependency tree                         
  Reading state information... Done                
  Reading extended state information               
  Initializing package states... Done              
  The following packages are BROKEN:               
    apturl gnome-app-install libgpod4 libgpod4-nogtk mysql-server-core-5.1 rsyslog wine1.2 
  The following NEW packages will be installed:                                            
    acl binutils-static emacs22 emacs22-bin-common emacs22-common firefox-3.0-branding gcj-4.3 
    gfortran-4.3 gij gnome-mount imagemagick-doc klogd libavutil-unstripped-49                 
    libboost-regex1.34.1 libboost-serialization1.34.1 libfame-0.9 libgcj9-0-awt libgcj9-dev
    libggi-target-x libggi2 libgii1 libgii1-target-x libgmyth0 liblrdf0 libpolkit-gnome0
    libpvm3 libsmbios2 libsoprano-dev libwxbase2.6-0 libwxgtk2.6-0 mysql-server-core-5.0
    nvidia-180-kernel-source nvidia-180-libvdpau policykit-gnome pvm python-gconf
    python-gst0.10 python-launchpad-integration python-pyorbit python-sexy sysklogd
    ttf-bengali-fonts ttf-kannada-fonts ttf-oriya-fonts ttf-telugu-fonts update-motd wine

  This is very very dangerous, because, following up with its crazy
  diagnosis, aptitude starts suggesting actions that can completely
  break a system.

  And the crazyness of aptitude can be very easily seen by considering
  that for apt-get, synaptic and all the other front-ends to dpkg
  everything is just fine.

  Interestingly, aptitude starts reporting as broken either packages
  that are installed and packages that are not installed.  If one tries

  aptitude remove <package that is not installed but is reported as

  then aptitude does nothing, but the behavior of aptitude after this
  sanifies a bit.

  removing /var/lib/aptitude/pkgstates completely fixes the issue.

  In the "wrong" pkgstates, it looks like many entries are just weird.
  For instance, installed packages are indicated as unseen, and after
  pkgstates is removed and re-generated, for many packages the state is
  then different.

  I tend to think that bug reports 477468 and 39497 are in fact caused by this very problem, so I suggest marking those as duplicate of this one.

  ProblemType: Bug
  Architecture: amd64
  Date: Wed Jan  6 12:47:37 2010
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
  NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
  Package: aptitude
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-16.53-generic
  SourcePackage: aptitude
  Uname: Linux 2.6.31-16-generic x86_64

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