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Thread: Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS - debhelper listed as upgradable but won't upgrade

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    Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS - debhelper listed as upgradable but won't upgrade

    My issue is that if I run
    Code:
    sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
    from the terminal, it shows that I have 1 package that can be upgraded, but it won't upgrade it (and it isn't held as far as I can tell).

    I've attached my attempts to fix this situation and output from the terminal here:

    Code:
    daniel@desktop:~$ sudo apt update
    
    ...(all sources fetched appropriately)...
    Fetched 323 kB in 5s (54.9 kB/s) 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree 
    Reading state information... Done
    1 package can be upgraded. Run 'apt list --upgradable' to see it.
    
    daniel@desktop:~$ sudo apt upgrade
    
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree 
    Reading state information... Done
    Calculating upgrade... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    
    daniel@desktop:~$ sudo apt full-upgrade
    
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree 
    Reading state information... Done
    Calculating upgrade... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    
    daniel@desktop:~$ sudo apt list --upgradable -a
    
    Listing... Done
    debhelper/xenial,xenial 11.5.1ppa1~ubuntu16.04.4 all [upgradable from: 10.2.2ubuntu1~ubuntu16.04.1]
    debhelper/xenial-backports,xenial-backports,now 10.2.2ubuntu1~ubuntu16.04.1 all [installed,upgradable to: 11.5.1ppa1~ubuntu16.04.4]
    debhelper/xenial,xenial 9.20160115ubuntu3 all
    
    daniel@desktop:~$ sudo apt install debhelper
    
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree 
    Reading state information... Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:
    
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
     debhelper : Depends: dh-autoreconf (>= 17~) but 12~ubuntu16.04.1 is to be installed
     Depends: dh-strip-nondeterminism (>= 0.028~) but 0.015-1 is to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    When I then also check/manually install dh-autoreconf and dh-strip-nondeterminism, it says they are both the newest versions already...

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    Re: Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS - debhelper listed as upgradable but won't upgrade

    Have you enabled any non-standard repos?

    You have not shown the full output of the sudo apt update command which might give us some better clues than we have so far, so please show that complete output. In my Xubuntu 18.04 install the versions of those two problem packages are correct as required according to your terminal output shown at the bottom of your code box but I'm not on 16.04 so I'm unable to check versions in that.

    Do you really need the debhelper package? I am not aware that I have ever had it in any of my *ubuntu installs, and it's certainly not in any that I am currently running.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 18.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo --- Wireless-Info --- SolvedThreads

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    Re: Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS - debhelper listed as upgradable but won't upgrade

    Thanks ajgreeny! I just assumed it was somehow related to base Ubuntu packages since it had to do with building Debian packages (and I hadn't installed anything for that purpose, or at least thought I hadn't).

    But, when you asked me this, I looked up the possible available versions of debhelper (from the repos I had set up) using apt-show-versions. Then realized that it was a new available version from my Neovim PPA. I actually don't really use Neovim much, so I just uninstalled Neovim and the repo and that solved the problem.

    Thank you for pointing me in the right direction! And I'll definitely keep this in mind, and make sure to show all the repos, if I run into any problems in the future.

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    Re: Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS - debhelper listed as upgradable but won't upgrade

    Great news!

    Please mark as SOLVED from the Thread Tools menu up-top if this is now solved to your satisfaction. It is a great help to users searching the forum.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 18.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo --- Wireless-Info --- SolvedThreads

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