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apt_package doesn't understand `purge` properly #9132

jaymzh opened this issue Dec 3, 2019 · 1 comment

apt_package doesn't understand `purge` properly #9132

jaymzh opened this issue Dec 3, 2019 · 1 comment


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@jaymzh jaymzh commented Dec 3, 2019


If a package is uninstalled but not purged, i.e. in rc state, and you have a purge rule for it, it'll do nothing, thinking it's already removed. However if the action is :purge, it should run the purge on it.

Chef Version


Platform Version

Ubuntu 18.04

Replication Case

Remove a package with configuration files then make a chef rule to purge it.

Client Output

[2019-12-03T12:10:37-08:00] INFO: Processing apt_package[linux-image-4.15.0-20-generic] action purge (vcrs_kernels::default line 54)
[2019-12-03T12:10:37-08:00] TRACE: Providers for generic apt_package resource enabled on node include: [Chef::Provider::Package::Apt]
[2019-12-03T12:10:37-08:00] TRACE: Provider for action purge on resource apt_package[linux-image-4.15.0-20-generic] is Chef::Provider::Package::Apt
[2019-12-03T12:10:37-08:00] TRACE: apt_package[linux-image-4.15.0-20-generic] installed version for linux-image-4.15.0-20-generic is (none)
[2019-12-03T12:10:37-08:00] TRACE: apt_package[linux-image-4.15.0-20-generic] candidate version for linux-image-4.15.0-20-generic is 4.15.0-20.21

But notice:

root@hardwired:~# dpkg -l linux-image-4.15.0-20-generic
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                                                                                 Version                                                 Architecture                                            Description
rc  linux-image-4.15.0-20-generic                                                                        4.15.0-20.21                                            amd64                                                   Signed kernel image generic

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@lamont-granquist lamont-granquist commented Dec 5, 2019

#3699 (comment)

this is actually hard, since it will require invasive changes in the communication between the provider and the superclass.

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