Why apt holds something back, was - Re: Learn from suse install to improve my Ubuntu install?
ubuntu at rio.vg
ubuntu at rio.vg
Thu Aug 10 17:09:33 BST 2006
Scott Kitterman wrote:
> On Thursday 10 August 2006 10:34, ubuntu at rio.vg wrote:
>> (As an aside, this should probably be in another thread, but is there
>> any way possible to get apt to tell you WHY a package is in its "Held
>> back" list? I know you can try things like dist-upgrade, but that's
>> really a microsoft way of doing things. I'd like to know WHY, rather
>> than just keep trying things to see if it works.)
> Usually if I use -V (note the caps) it shows what versions are involved and
> that's generally enough of a hint for me. From man apt-get:
> -V, --verbose-versions
> Show full versions for upgraded and installed packages.
> Configuration Item: APT::Get::Show-Versions.
> Last time I had a problem (upgrading to KDE 3.5.4) things were pretty verbose:
> I did install some extra apt utilities. Here is what I currently have:
> apt 0.6.43.3ubuntu2 Advanced front-end for dpkg
> apt-listbugs 0.0.49ubuntu1 Lists critical bugs before each apt installa
> apt-listchanges 2.59-0.2ubuntu7 Display change history from .deb archives
> apt-rdepends 1.3.0-1 Recursively lists package dependencies
> apt-utils 0.6.43.3ubuntu2 APT utility programs
> Only apt and apt-utils are standard.
The last time I had the problem, -V really didn't help. It shoes the
two versions, and the version numbers were different, of course, since
the package would be upgraded. Nothing meaningful is gleaned from
Do apt-listchanges and apt-rdepends change this behavior?
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