Bug 1574930 - System-upgrade pollutes userinstalled with a lot of packages
Summary: System-upgrade pollutes userinstalled with a lot of packages
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dnf-plugins-extras
Version: 29
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Marek Blaha
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-05-04 11:22 UTC by Jarno Purontakanen
Modified: 2019-11-27 23:30 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2019-11-27 23:30:12 UTC
Type: Bug

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list of dnf repoquery --userinstalled before upgrade to F28 (682 bytes, text/plain)
2018-05-04 11:22 UTC, Jarno Purontakanen
no flags Details
list of dnf repoquery --userinstalled after upgrade to F28 (2.21 KB, text/plain)
2018-05-04 11:23 UTC, Jarno Purontakanen
no flags Details

Description Jarno Purontakanen 2018-05-04 11:22:40 UTC
Created attachment 1431275 [details]
list of dnf repoquery --userinstalled before upgrade to F28

Description of problem:
After F28 upgrade of my desktop system I noticed that dnf repoquery --userinstalled showed hundreds of packages I definitely had not installed myself. As this was an old system with multiple distro upgrades I tried the same with my minimal fedora server which was installed as F27. The server had 20 packages in the userinstalled list of which I know I've only installed 5. After the update the list contained 63 packages.

Am I hitting a bug where userinstalled-list gets filled with non-userinstalled packages or is the naming of the --user-installed just misleading?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Prepare system for upgrade to F28 
2. Save output of 'dnf repoquery --userinstalled'
3. Upgrade to F28 using 'dnf system-upgrade'
4. Do post upgrade stuff (dnf distro-sync etc)
5. Save output of 'dnf repoquery --userinstalled' and compare to previous list

Actual results:

Post-upgrade list has lots of non-userinstalled packages

Expected results:

'dnf repoquery --userinstalled' lists only the actual packages installed by the user.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Jarno Purontakanen 2018-05-04 11:23:25 UTC
Created attachment 1431276 [details]
list of dnf repoquery --userinstalled after upgrade to F28

Comment 2 Marek Blaha 2018-05-15 11:39:44 UTC
Thanks for reporting! You are right, there is a problem in system-upgrade command. Unfortunately we are not able to fix it at the moment - it is blocked by swdb (new version of packages history database). After swdb is released (we hope in following days/weeks), we can revise system-upgrade and fix this bug.

As a workaround, you can use 'dnf mark' command to unmark package as user installed (http://dnf.readthedocs.io/en/latest/command_ref.html#mark-command)

e.g.: # dnf mark remove web-assets-filesystem

Comment 3 Jan Kurik 2018-08-14 10:04:17 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 29 development cycle.
Changing version to '29'.

Comment 4 Chris Tao 2019-04-16 08:08:57 UTC
I can still reproduce by system-upgrading a fresh, minimal f29 install to f30 in a qemu vm.

I've experienced this bug since I upgraded from f28 to f29 last year. Upgrading via gnome-software was not affected, though.

Comment 5 Ben Cotton 2019-10-31 18:47:53 UTC
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Comment 6 Ben Cotton 2019-11-27 23:30:12 UTC
Fedora 29 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2019-11-26. Fedora 29 is
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