Debian perl transistion to 5.18
VastOne
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On debian sid based systems, perl is in a jammed mode now as it transitions from 5.14 to 5.18 as shown here

The result is apt trying to remove as many as 154 perl packages during a dist-upgrade on a sid system

With an assist from musca on the #smxi IRC channel, the solution is to run:

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sudo apt-mark hold perl perl-base perl-doc perl-modules


When this is all over and we can get back to normal, you will run this to unhold the packages

:: Code ::
sudo apt-mark unhold perl perl-base perl-doc perl-modules

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techAdmin
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wow, apt-mark, never heard of it, that's so much easier than the dpkg method that was impossible to remember.

It looks to me like they are strip mining aptitude, which is basically dead, and implementing its good ideas into apt proper, which is great.
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VastOne
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I agree... it is a lot easier. I prefer aptitude over apt anyway but apt-mark is a valuable tool
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