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[ale] ? about Debian pks held back in upgrade

Err, it can also mean a broken package or a package with broken dependencies.
Your best bet is to check http://bugs.debian.org/<package_name> for more
information before manually installing a package that is being kept back.
Generally, it is being kept back for a good reason.

On Sat, 3 Jan 2004 15:06:23 -0500
Jason Day <jasonday at worldnet.att.net> wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 03, 2004 at 02:17:24PM -0500, Jim Seymour wrote:
> > I think I've read this one before but can't remember the answer.  When 
> > you do a "apt-get update" and then your "apt-get upgrade" you 
> > sometimes see several packages marked as "kept back".  I think these are 
> > packages that are broken.  Is that correct?  Also if that is the case 
> No, they're not broken, but their dependencies have changed such that
> APT cannot upgrade them without your help.  To see why a particular
> package has been kept back, just apt-get install the package in
> question.  APT will probably complain about a new dependency that must
> be installed, or conflicting dependencies, but it's usually not a big
> deal to fix.
> Alternatively, you could try "apt-get -u dist-upgrade", which will do a
> more intelligent and "deeper" dependency resolution.
> HTH,
> Jason
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looks like traditional Windows with a stabler kernel. I don't find anything
technically interesting there. In my opinion MS is a lot better at making money
than it is at making good operating systems.  -- Linus Torvalds