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stevem 11-18-2007 06:38 PM

cron-apt has lost touch with reality
I've used aptitude and cron-apt together for a couple of years now. on an
AMD64x2 running sid. Lately, cron-apt prepares for upgrades that don't
make sense. For instance last night's run:

CRON-APT ACTION: 3-download
CRON-APT LINE: /usr/bin/apt-get dist-upgrade -d -y -o
Reading package lists...
Building dependency tree...
Reading state information...
The following NEW packages will be installed:
gnuchess gnuchess-book guile-1.8-libs libgnome-desktop-2 libgnomecups1.0-1
libgnomeprint2.2-0 libgnomeprint2.2-data libgnomeprintui2.2-0
libgnomeprintui2.2-common libgtkglext1 libgtksourceview-common
libgtksourceview1.0-0 libgtop2-7 libgtop2-common libmetacity0
libpanel-applet2-0 libpoppler-glib2 libpoppler2 libstartup-notification0
libtotem-plparser7 libwnck-common libwnck22 libxres1 metacity-common
python-ctypes python-gnome2 python-gnome2-desktop python-gtkglext1
python-opengl python-pyorbit python-setuptools

gnuchess? Why? Here's the state of these NEW packages:

prompt#: dpkg -l `cat NEW-pkg-install` |cut -c1-74
No packages found matching libpoppler-glib2.
No packages found matching libpoppler2.
| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase
||/ Name Version
rc gnuchess 5.07-4
pn gnuchess-book <none>
rc guile-1.8-libs 1.8.2+1-2
rc libgnome-desktop-2 2.20.1-1
rc libgnomecups1.0-1 0.2.2-5
rc libgnomeprint2.2-0 2.18.2-1
pn libgnomeprint2.2-data <none>
rc libgnomeprintui2.2-0 2.18.1-1
pn libgnomeprintui2.2-common <none>
rc libgtkglext1 1.0.6-2.1+b1
pn libgtksourceview-common <none>
rc libgtksourceview1.0-0 1.8.5-1
rc libgtop2-7 2.20.0-1
pn libgtop2-common <none>
rc libmetacity0 1:2.20.0-1
rc libpanel-applet2-0 2.20.1-1
rc libstartup-notification0 0.9-1
rc libtotem-plparser7 2.20.0-3
pn libwnck-common <none>
rc libwnck22 2.20.1-1
rc libxres1 2:1.0.3-1
rc metacity-common 1:2.20.0-1
pn python-ctypes <none>
pn python-gnome2 <none>
pn python-gnome2-desktop <none>
pn python-gtkglext1 <none>
pn python-opengl <none>
pn python-pyorbit <none>
pn python-setuptools <none>

This started about a week ago. Any idea how to bring cron-apt back to
earth? Its not fatal, aptitude still knows what to do on upgrades but
its an real annoyance and I'm downloading useless files.

thanks, stevem

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