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[alpine-devel] Moving packages between repositories break systems

From: Alba Pompeo <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:15:11 -0300

When a package is moved from /testing to /community or /testing to
/unmaintained out of nowhere, users experience system breakage.

That's because it loses the pinning.

What can be done to prevent this?
Post-scripts when a package is moved?

ANOTHER NOTE: someone was asking on IRC today why apk suddenly showed
the error that "xmlstarlet-1.6.1-r0: package mentioned in index not
found" out of nowhere. It's because it moved across repositories, the
same issue from above. But there's something even more weird on this
one. It moved from /testing to /unmaintained! Why? The xmlstarlet
package is in the latest version and has a clear maintainer (Francesco
Colista). Why did it go to unmaintained instead of community? Anyway,
that's a matter for another post. Let's focus on how to solve the main

tl;dr - how to make apk aware of packages that were moved from one
repository to another.


Received on Thu Aug 25 2016 - 23:15:11 UTC