What's wrong now with fwupd? It was OK since May 1st, 2020 on newly installed Ubuntu 20.04

The following packages have been kept back:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
  • Happening to me too. If I try to force it, it wants to remove a bunch of important stuff :( Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 19:10
  • same happened to me, just run sudo apt-dist upgrade and then will be ok
    – kannzzmm2
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 19:22
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    @kannzzmm2 - Do yo think it is safe from the point of system integrity? Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 19:26
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    ITYM sudo apt dist-upgrade Tried it in a vm and it removed fwupd-signed and fwupdate-signed After a reboot the vm didn't start the desktop. Not sure this is a winning strategy. Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 19:41
  • @OrganicMarble yes exactly, I made a mistake.. When I updated my laptop with sudo apt dist-upgrade I think no package was removed, rebooted and it was working fine.. SergeySergeyev I think yes, because -- > dist-upgrade in addition to performing the function of upgrade, also intelligently handles changing dependencies with new versions of packages
    – kannzzmm2
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 21:21

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It's a partial fix for a bug LP #1883568

Both packages, fwupd and fwupd-signed should be installed. One was uploaded, the other was uploaded later. So there was briefly a version mismatch, which prevented the new fwupd from installing.

There is Bug report on the mismatch: LP #1883595, and the fwupd-signed package has been uploaded to -proposed. Time to be patient.

Simply wait until fwupd-signed catches up, then both will install together automagically.

Do not try to force the newer version using dist-upgrade or full-upgrade. If you already did, then simply ensure that you have both packages installed.

  • What if you already did dist-upgrade? Does this need to be corrected somehow? And if so how?
    – user000001
    Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 5:24
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    The issue is gone with the recent update Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 6:40
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    @user000001 cleanup a mess by simply ensuring that both packages are installed.
    – user535733
    Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 12:35
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    @OrganicMarble: Thanks, I will if I face any issues, I re-installed fwupd-signed and the pc seems to work as expected, at least through ssh.
    – user000001
    Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 15:26
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    @user000001 glad to hear it. I had the same experience today. Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 16:02

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