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Old 04-28-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
jameslaw
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apt-get upgrade: packages kept back, etch


I'm running etch(testing), i386. When I do apt-get update, then apt-get --show-upgraded upgrade, I get a long list of packages that are kept back:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
akregator atlantik fastjar firefox fontconfig galeon gcc-4.1-base gnomemeeting kaddressbook kalarm kandy karm kasteroids katomic kbackgammon kbattleship kblackbox kbounce kdelibs-bin kdelibs4c2a kdepim kdepim-kfile-plugins kdepim-kio-plugins kdepim-kresources kdepim-wizards kenolaba kfouleggs kgoldrunner kitchensync kjumpingcube kleopatra klickety klines kmahjongg kmail kmailcvt kmines knetwalk knode knotes kolf konquest konsolekalendar kontact korganizer korn kpat kpilot kpoker kreversi ksame kshisen ksirtet ksmiletris
ksnake ksokoban kspaceduel ksync ktnef ktron ktuberling kwin4 libc6 libc6-dev libcairo2 libfontconfig1 libgcc1 libgksu1.2-0 libgnutls11 libgtkhtml2-0 libgtkmm-2.4-1c2a libkcal2b libkdegames1 libkdepim1a libkgantt0 libkmime2 libkpimexchange1 libkpimidentities1 libksieve0 libktnef1 libmimelib1c2a libncurses5 libncursesw5 libpango1.0-0 libpango1.0-common libpt-plugins-oss libpt-plugins-v4l2 libsensors3 libsoup2.2-8 libstdc++6 libxklavier10 lskat ncurses-bin networkstatus tcsh xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl yelp
...
26 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 98 not upgraded.


The list seems to get longer every week. Can anyone tell me why these are kept back? Are there unfulfilled dependencies in testing for these packages? Will they resovlve themselves over time as packages move from sid to etch?

I tried looking at the deps (apt-cache showpkg firefox) for one of the packages that was kept back, but I couldn't tell what was happening.

Jim
 
Old 04-28-2006, 03:27 PM   #2
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My (limited) experience with testing over the years has been that they resolve themselves over time. However, I've also had some success by using a combination of aptitude upgrade and dist-upgrades (both aptitude and apt-get). Sometimes trying a combination of aptitude & apt-get and upgrades and dist-upgrades can help install some of them.

Also, I did have a problem with a package I installed from a third party repo that needed some of the old packages, which of course were then kept back because the this app needed them... removing that app (and or upgrading it) fixed that problem...
 
  


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