I'm having difficulties with the gpodder application and I'm trying to figure out what's causing the issue. I have installed the package from stable, testing, and backports repositories, and I have also asked for help via IRC.

None of these attempts have resolved my problem so far. I'm wondering if there might be some underlying issue causing the trouble.

When I simulate to install godder from the stable repository (my default repo), apt says it would install Version 3.10.17-1 from stable. So far, so good.

Pulling the available versions via rmadison, it shows a different version for the stable repo.

In my sources lists (stable.list) I used the distributions codename, where chimaera is the current stable. There's also a devuan.list in the folder which refers to an older codename, but this one is commented out.

# autogenerated by devuan-baseconf
# decomment following lines to  enable the developers devuan repository
#deb http://packages.devuan.org/devuan beowulf main
#deb-src http://packages.devuan.org/devuan beowulf main
## package repositories
deb http://deb.devuan.org/merged chimaera main contrib non-free
deb http://deb.devuan.org/merged chimaera-updates main contrib non-free
deb http://deb.devuan.org/merged chimaera-security main contrib non-free
deb http://deb.devuan.org/merged chimaera-backports main contrib non-free

So, what could be wrong?

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1 Answer 1


Based on the devscripts package information in Devuan, I get the impression that it is copied as-is from Debian with no change, so

rmadison gpodder

queries the Debian servers, not Devuan’s. As a result, you get information about gpodder in Debian, where “stable” is now Debian 12.

Devuan Chimaera is based on Debian 11, so Devuan “stable” is now based on Debian “oldstable”, with gpodder 3.10.17-1.

Instead of relying on rmadison, you might want to use apt policy — that will show packages that are available in your configured repositories. Alternatively, if Devuan has an appropriate metadata service (Madison), you can tell rmadison to use that with the -u option; I don’t know whether such a service is available, let alone its URL.

  • I used to have the testing branch in my repos, but I think that rmadison (or is there another tool?) is the right coice to see all the versions of all branches. Otherwise I would have to put all available repos into my sources list. But I appreciate your answer and I asked in the devuan forum if there is an appropriate metadata service. I will come back with an answer here.
    – superurmel
    Commented Jun 26, 2023 at 17:09
  • Yes, rmadison is indeed very useful, but only if you use a metadata service that matches your distribution. Commented Jun 26, 2023 at 17:33

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