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and subject line Re: Bug#889855: apticron: on each run, getting twice: W: 
--force-yes is deprecated
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Package: apticron
Version: 1.1.61
Severity: normal


Ever since we have stretch servers using apticron, we're getting emails
from the cron runs that show only two warning messages, twice the same

W: --force-yes is deprecated, use one of the options starting with
--allow instead.

I've run apticron with tracing on (bash -x apticron) and found out that
the two following commands are the ones causing the warnings:

/usr/bin/apt-get -q -y --ignore-hold --allow-unauthenticated -s


/usr/bin/apt-get --ignore-hold -qq -d dist-upgrade

This means that apticron is calling apt-get with a deprecated set of
arguments, but I'm not sure how to fix this yet.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 9.3
  APT prefers oldoldstable
  APT policy: (500, 'oldoldstable'), (500, 'stable'), (500, 'oldstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.9.0-5-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fr_CA.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_CA.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL 
set to en_CA.utf8), LANGUAGE=fr_CA.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set 
to en_CA.utf8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages apticron depends on:
ii  apt                    1.4.8
ii  bzip2                  1.0.6-8.1
ii  cron [cron-daemon]     3.0pl1-128+b1
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]  1.5.61
ii  dpkg                   1.18.24
ii  mailutils [mailx]      1:3.1.1-1
ii  ucf                    3.0036

Versions of packages apticron recommends:
ii  apt-listchanges  3.10
ii  iproute2         4.9.0-1+deb9u1

apticron suggests no packages.

-- debconf information excluded

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Thanks Gabriel, I'm closing it right now :)

(see the magic in cc:)


On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 08:32:00PM +0000, Gabriel Filion wrote:
> Gah!
> I did a little bit more research and found out that the warning was not
> replicating on stretch hosts managed elsewhere. This led me to find that
> the warning was *not* caused by aptitude itself but rather by an option
> in apt.conf.d/ that was configured by our configuration management (e.g.
> it was configuring "APT::Get::force-yes true;"
> I've removed this from the configuration that is being pushed by our
> configuration management and the warning is gone.
> So.... I'm really sorry for creating noise here and not having
> investigated a bit more! I thought that since I could replicate on more
> than one host it was a problem with the software but it was rather a
> configuration problem.
> This bug report can be closed (sorry don't know the magic email line
> that does this)


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