Describes packages as "previously deselected" when they never were

Bug #810676 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas
This bug affects 2 people
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dpkg (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Ubuntu Ocelot alpha 2 (but this bug goes back as far as I can remember)

1. Install Ubuntu.
2. In your brand new Ubuntu installation, install something from the Terminal, e.g. "apt-get install bzr".

What you see:
Fetched 3,163 kB in 0s (7,114 kB/s)
Selecting previously deselected package python-configobj.
(Reading database ... 150133 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking python-configobj (from .../python-configobj_4.7.2+ds-3_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package python-bzrlib.
Unpacking python-bzrlib (from .../python-bzrlib_2.4.0~beta4-4ubuntu2_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package bzr.
Unpacking bzr (from .../bzr_2.4.0~beta4-4ubuntu2_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package patch.
Unpacking patch (from .../patch_2.6.1-2_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package bzrtools.
Unpacking bzrtools (from .../bzrtools_2.4.0~bzr767-2ubuntu1_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package python-paramiko.
Unpacking python-paramiko (from .../python-paramiko_1.7.7.1-1_all.deb) ...

What you should see: apt shouldn't claim that a package was "previously deselected" when it never was.

Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Revision history for this message
David Kalnischkies (donkult) wrote :

It's dpkg who emits this sentence, so lets reassign it.

affects: apt (Ubuntu) → dpkg (Ubuntu)
Changed in dpkg (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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Raphaël Hertzog (hertzog) wrote :

It's already fixed in the upstream git repository, see the changelog entry.

  * Use “unselected” as an adjective in dpkg output messages instead of
    “deselected”. Closes: #231089

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Joe Burgess (joemburgess) wrote :

Thanks for taking the time to report this bug in the upstream bug tracking system this is a tremendous help. Launchpad has the ability to watch lots of upstream bug trackers and this can be done by following the procedure documented at I've added the bug watch for this bug report.

Changed in dpkg:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in dpkg:
status: New → Fix Committed
Changed in dpkg:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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