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  1. MariaDB Server
  2. MDEV-25991

problems with mariadb_repos_setup requiring apt-transport-https

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    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Closed (View Workflow)
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: N/A
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      Description

      Starting with apt 1.5, apt-transport-https is deprecated:

      apt (1.5~beta1) unstable; urgency=medium
       
        [ New HTTPS method ]
        The default http method now supports HTTPS itself, including encrypted proxies
        and connecting to HTTPS sites via HTTPS proxies; and the apt-transport-https
        package only provides a "curl+https" method now as a fallback, but will be
        removed shortly. [...]
      

      In all Ubuntu LTS versions from 18.04 and above, and in Debian 10, the apt-transport-https package is just a dummy, installing some documentation files in /usr/share/doc/apt-transport-https/ only, and not installed by default.

      Still, mariadb_repo_setup checks for this package on all Debian and Ubuntu versions, and complains when not finding it:

      [error] The following package is needed by the script, but not installed:
                  apt-transport-https
              Please install and rerun the script.
              To disable this check add the `--skip-check-installed` flag
      

      While --skip-checked-installed allows to work around it, I don't think that it is a good thing to fail on recent Ubuntu and Debian installations by default unless either the skip action is used or the dummy package installed.

      Add to this that on Ubuntu trying to install the package can actually fail in interesting way. E.g. on a fresh Vagrant instance, set up from the official ubuntu/bionic64 or ubuntu/focal64 base boxes I'm getting this:

      # apt-get install -y apt-transport-https
      Reading package lists... Done
      Building dependency tree       
      Reading state information... Done
      Note, selecting 'apt' instead of 'apt-transport-https'
      apt is already the newest version (1.6.13).
      apt set to manually installed.
      0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
      

      Only after running apt-get update at least once I can actually install that deprecated package:

      Reading package lists... Done
      Building dependency tree       
      Reading state information... Done
      The following NEW packages will be installed:
        apt-transport-https
      0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 12 not upgraded.
      Need to get 1,692 B of archives.
      After this operation, 154 kB of additional disk space will be used.
      Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/universe amd64 apt-transport-https all 1.6.13 [1,692 B]
      Fetched 1,692 B in 0s (18.6 kB/s)               
      Selecting previously unselected package apt-transport-https.
      (Reading database ... 60026 files and directories currently installed.)
      Preparing to unpack .../apt-transport-https_1.6.13_all.deb ...
      Unpacking apt-transport-https (1.6.13) ...
      Setting up apt-transport-https (1.6.13) ...
      

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            Assignee:
            dbart Daniel Bartholomew
            Reporter:
            hholzgra Hartmut Holzgraefe
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