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Mesa Transitional Dummy Package [SOLVED]

Post by stephanieswitzer » Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:01 am

This package showed up amongst other updates in Update Manager. It's not selected and states:

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This is a transitional dummy package, it can be safely removed.

Packages included in this update: libegl-mesa0 libegl1-mesa libgbm1 libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx libglapi-mesa libgles2-mesa libglx-mesa0 libwayland-egl1-mesa libxatracker2 
Just wondering what this is and is it safe to update on my LM 19 Cinnamon setup
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Re: Mesa Transitional Dummy Package

Post by richyrich » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:59 pm

Instead of listing each package separately, they bundle them up into one list package (the dummy package). Those MESA packages are important for your graphics hardware.
With that said, there is a possibility to break your graphics too. Please be prudent and have a good backup before you install those packages.
If your graphics isn't running so well, this may be the fix you have been waiting for . . :)

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Re: Mesa Transitional Dummy Package

Post by stephanieswitzer » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:42 pm

richyrich wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:59 pm
Instead of listing each package separately, they bundle them up into one list package (the dummy package). Those MESA packages are important for your graphics hardware.
With that said, there is a possibility to break your graphics too. Please be prudent and have a good backup before you install those packages.
If your graphics isn't running so well, this may be the fix you have been waiting for . . :)
Thanks for the info. Prudent I will be :)
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Re: Mesa Transitional Dummy Package

Post by gm10 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:12 pm

richyrich wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:59 pm
Instead of listing each package separately, they bundle them up into one list package (the dummy package).
Hope I'm not just nitpicking, but what you describe are actually meta packages. Dummy packages, on the other hand, directly only refer to a single other package. You can think of them like a symbolic link in the file system, because that's basically their purpose. I wish they would call them something else, the dummy thing always confuses people.

That's just the theoretical side though, which has no impact on the user. Your practical advice was spot on. :)

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Re: Mesa Transitional Dummy Package [SOLVED]

Post by richyrich » Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:55 pm

@gm10 - Mint devs call them meta packages, others not so much . . (look at the list in his original post)

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Update Manager Dummy Packages

Post by stephanieswitzer » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:07 am

Up-Date Manager is showing me this: Level 4 - mesa Transitional dummy package.
Description - This is a transitional dummy package, it can be safely removed.
Packages included in this update: libegl-mesa0 libegl1-mesa libgbm1 libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx libglapi-mesa libgles2-mesa libglx-mesa0 libwayland-egl1-mesa libxatracker2

I've usually just gone ahead and installed the update before, but I'm now wondering what these "Dummy" packages are.
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Re: Update Manager Dummy Packages

Post by thx-1138 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:15 am

...amnesia? :wink:
If still confused about the concept, read here...

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Re: Mesa Transitional Dummy Package [SOLVED]

Post by karlchen » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:22 am

<moderator on> Threads merged, old solved thread and new thread. </moderator off>
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Re: Mesa Transitional Dummy Package [SOLVED]

Post by stephanieswitzer » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:24 am

Yep - I'm old so it must be amnesia lol. Just realised that I asked this before :)
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