It appears that the
aptitude state is corrupt - note that
apt-get and the other
dpkg tools still work fine. Is there some way to reset the state of aptitude?
Signs of corruption:
aptitude searchshows packages as 'p' (purged/never installed) when they are installed.
- If I try and
aptitude safe-upgradeit tells me I need to uninstall half my system! But
apt-get upgradeand the GUI update manager continue to work fine.
aptitude search very handy because of the package state information, so I would like to get that back again.
Note I am using 11.10, though I originally installed 9.10 and have upgraded through each release (and generally upgraded when the next release was in beta).