Any way to know what the package has been obsoleted by?

Stefan Potyra sistpoty at
Mon Jun 16 21:52:18 UTC 2008


Am Montag 16 Juni 2008 18:52:06 schrieb shirish:
> Hi all,
>  I had an interesting mail thread with Daniel who is a developer of
> aptitude. Here's the synopsis of the same.
> I can find obsolete packages using
> aptitude such as
> shirish at Mugglewille:~$ aptitude search "~o" |more
> Now my query is, is there a way to know by what has a package been
> obsoleted. From what little I have understood of obsolete packages in
> Ubuntu/debian obsolete packages mean either those packages which have
> nobody to maintain or something or whose functionality has been
> superseded by some other packageAny way to know what the package has
> been obsoleted by?.

in 9 out of 10 cases, it's a library that's superseeded by a new version. So 
as a user, you aren't really interested in that information (imho noone is 
interested in library packages themselves, as they are just there to make 
applications work (not to confuse with development header packages though)).

In the rest of the cases, it's most probably because a binary package was 
renamed, so that one should depend on the non-obsoleted version, which might 
give some clue.

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