Bug#502860: reportbug: Gets wrong maintainer for no longer installed packages
retitle 502860 use python-apt instead of dpkg for pkgs info
On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 16:52, Raphael Hertzog <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Oct 2008, Sandro Tosi wrote:
>> Hello Ansgar,
>> On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 13:23, Ansgar Burchardt <email@example.com> wrote:
>> > Reportbug sometimes looks up the wrong maintainer for packages that have
>> > been removed from the system.
>> > The output from "dpkg --print-avail" can be wrong if the package is no longer
>> > installed. Reportbug should not use this information for these packages. For
>> > example on my system I get this:
>> But isn't it a bug in dpkg then? I can feel like --print-avail should
>> print only "available" package, and nntp was no longer available on
>> your system. I can't think an easy way to fix this if not switching to
>> apt-cache or some other tool.
> Don't use "dpkg --print-avail" it reports only outdated information in
> most cases as the available file is only a left-over from dselect
> and as such it's almost guaranteed to not be up-to-date. There's a warning
> in the man page in the git repository documenting this limitation already.
> Use apt-cache is my suggestion.
Thanks Raphael for highlight this to me; maybe the best solution is to
replace all the code that "exec dpkg + parse output" to python-apt
(even if this interface really needs a better documentation than now)
Sandro Tosi (aka morph, Morpheus, matrixhasu)
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Me at Debian: http://wiki.debian.org/SandroTosi
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