"apt-get install taskname^" is not documented

Bug #1186924 reported by Axel Beckert on 2013-06-03
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Bug Description

% GET https://patches.ubuntu.com/a/apt/apt_0.9.7.7ubuntu4.patch | fgrep 'taskname^'
+ * merged "install-task" branch (use with "apt-get install taskname^")
- * merged "install-task" branch (use with "apt-get install taskname^")
+ with "apt-get install taskname^"

(I had to use the online version as the changelog installed by the package is unfortunately truncated.)

This feature is not documented in apt-get(8)despite it seems patched into apt since Edgy. Checked the man-pages of Precise and Raring.

David Kalnischkies (donkult) wrote :

> (I had to use the online version as the changelog installed by the package is unfortunately truncated.)

(You can use 'apt-get changelog' to acquire complete changelogs. We (as in APT team) do not truncate the changelog, but I think its the default in Ubuntu to do this at build-time for a while now to save disk space.)

> This feature is not documented in apt-get(8)despite it seems patched into apt since Edgy. Checked the man-pages of Precise and Raring.

The "feature" is also in apt/debian as it came from there as far as I "remember" (from moving code around). Its just not usable anymore in Debian as the "Task:" line is gone from entries in the Packages files… Not sure what the state in Ubuntu is now, but I assume it is no longer used there, too… (but I haven't checked).

Hi David,

David Kalnischkies wrote:
> The "feature" is also in apt/debian as it came from there as far as I
> "remember" (from moving code around). Its just not usable anymore in
> Debian as the "Task:" line is gone from entries in the Packages files…
> Not sure what the state in Ubuntu is now, but I assume it is no longer
> used there, too… (but I haven't checked).

It is, at least in Precise. That's how we stumbled over it.

  Regards, Axel
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Nish Aravamudan (nacc) on 2017-03-22
Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
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