[Reportbug-maint] Bug#721212: Thinks that packages don't exist

martin f krafft madduck at debian.org
Thu Aug 29 07:25:03 UTC 2013

Package: reportbug
Version: 6.4.4
Severity: normal

From an interaction:

  Please enter the name of the package: poppass-cgi
  Checking status database...
  This package doesn't appear to exist; continue? [y|N|?]? n

But poppass-cgi exists. The problem seems to be that reportbug
relies on the dpkg status database, but that does not contain
information about packages that were never installed, which makes QA
work (orphaning, removal requests) hard.

Couldn't the data be obtained from elsewhere, i.e. through an APT

-- Package-specific info:
** Environment settings:
DEBEMAIL="madduck at debian.org"
DEBFULLNAME="martin f. krafft"

** /home/madduck/.reportbugrc:
mode expert
ui text
bts debian

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.11-rc4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_NZ, LC_CTYPE=en_NZ.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages reportbug depends on:
ii  apt     
ii  python            2.7.5-4
ii  python-reportbug  6.4.4

reportbug recommends no packages.

Versions of packages reportbug suggests:
pn  claws-mail                               <none>
ii  debconf-utils                            1.5.51
pn  debsums                                  <none>
pn  dlocate                                  <none>
pn  emacs22-bin-common | emacs23-bin-common  <none>
ii  file                                     1:5.14-2
ii  gnupg                                    1.4.14-1
ii  postfix [mail-transport-agent]           2.10.1-2
ii  python-gtk2                              2.24.0-3+b1
pn  python-gtkspell                          <none>
ii  python-urwid                             1.1.1-1+b1
ii  python-vte                               1:0.28.2-5
ii  xdg-utils                                1.1.0~rc1+git20111210-7

Versions of packages python-reportbug depends on:
ii  apt     
ii  python            2.7.5-4
ii  python-debian     0.1.21+nmu2
ii  python-debianbts  1.11
ii  python-support    1.0.15

python-reportbug suggests no packages.

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