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[Bug 1110188] Re: USC allows a package installation to uninstall vital packages


** Changed in: software-center (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided => High

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  USC allows a package installation to uninstall vital packages

Status in “software-center” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  I downloaded steam_latest.deb from steampowered.com, saved it, double
  clicked on it, and Software Center launched.  It brought up the deb
  information page, I clicked Install, and Software Center proceeded to
  remove literally about half of the installed pacakges on my system
  (about 400), including things like unity, ubuntu-desktop, and,
  ironically, software-center itself.  It eventually errored out (see
  attached log).

  Using /var/log/apt/history.log, I was able to restore the system's
  packages to their previous state, but Software Center shouldn't have
  allowed this to happen (whether or not the third-party .deb was
  actually at fault).

  NB: To correct the apt error, I did "apt-get -f install".  Then, after
  I apt-get installed the packages which were removed, steam was still
  installed, so it wasn't a dependency error which caused the packages
  to be removed.  I have no idea why it actually happened.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
  Package: software-center
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.5.0-21.32-generic
  Uname: Linux 3.5.0-21-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.6.1-0ubuntu10
  Architecture: amd64
  Date: Wed Jan 30 00:53:19 2013
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2012-06-14 (230 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release amd64 (20120425)
  MarkForUpload: True
  PackageArchitecture: all
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  SourcePackage: software-center
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to quantal on 2012-09-16 (136 days ago)

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