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Old 02-12-2009, 12:59 AM   #1
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Which package is on hold (or whatever) ?


My Debian Lenny penguin got unstable. (acrobat and iceweasel choke often.)

While troubleshoot, I found that
 # aptitude dist-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information      
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done  
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.
Writing extended state information... Done
One package does not go upgrade (aptitude update, aptitude dist-upgrade). I am not sure if this is the problem. But I need to check. A while ago, I put one package (latex related?) on hold for some reason, but I think I put it back to unhold. (I am not sure, and I lost track.)

dpkg --get-selections
replies that nothing is on hold.

Is there any way to figure out which one is not upgraded?

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Old 02-12-2009, 04:38 AM   #2
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Hi Kaz,
If you run
sudo wajig upgrade
from the command line, you will see a list of all the packages that are being held back. aptitude used to do the same thing but I haven't used it for a while (I prefer wajig) and when I tried it just now it behaved strangely. Here's a partical output of my sudo wajig upgrade command
jdkaye@Attila:~$ sudo wajig upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
  apt-file audacious-plugins audacious-plugins-extra avahi-daemon avidemux
  bind9-host celestia celestia-common chicken-bin classpath cmake cpp-4.1
  cupsys cupsys-bsd cupsys-client cupsys-common cupsys-driver-gutenprint dbus
  deskbar-applet dir2ogg discover1 dnsutils epiphany-browser evolution-webcal
  ffmpeg ffmpeg2theora fftw-dev fftw2 fglrx-amdcccle fglrx-driver
  fglrx-kernel-src fontforge foomatic-db-gutenprint fretsonfire-game g++-4.1
The held back packages are more recent versions of packages but which are waiting for the necessary dependencies (I guess).


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