Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Debian
User Name
Debian This forum is for the discussion of Debian Linux.


  Search this Thread
Old 04-28-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Trento, Italy
Distribution: Debian:testing, Ubuntu
Posts: 33

Rep: Reputation: 15
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.

Old 04-28-2006, 03:27 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Somewhere on the String
Distribution: Debian Wheezy (x86)
Posts: 6,094

Rep: Reputation: 272Reputation: 272Reputation: 272
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...


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
apt-get upgrade packages held back manicman Linux - Newbie 3 11-25-2005 06:21 PM
apt-get dist-upgrade woes (testing - etch) vharishankar Debian 6 06-13-2005 09:43 PM
apt-get upgrade lists many packages kept back malbery Debian 2 01-05-2005 01:15 PM
how to install the "packages that have been held back" when doing "apt-get upgrade&qu zero79 Debian 5 06-27-2004 08:19 PM
Why does apt 'keep back' packages for gaim and grip? Bruce Hill Linux - Newbie 4 07-18-2003 07:53 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Debian

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:35 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration