Devuan bug report logs - #199
mirrors: InRelease files missing Origin: field

Package: mirrors; Maintainer for mirrors is (unknown);

Reported by: Olaf Meeuwissen <>

Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:03:01 UTC

Severity: normal

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Subject: bug#199: mirrors: InRelease files missing Origin: field
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Dear Maintainer,

The *_InRelease files for and (and
probably also all * mirrors) do not include an Origin:
field.  The *_InRelease files on do.  I haven't
checked or *

This came to light debugging odd behaviour of `lsb_release -c` (as you
can see illustrated below in the System Information where the codename
is `n/a`) using (see
Whether `lsb_release` should consult these files is a separate issue but
when I switch to and run `apt-get update` the
codename all of a sudden displays as `ascii`, as expected.

There may be other packages that rely on the Origin: information.  One
that I am aware of is unattended-upgrades.  Its configuration lets the
user select which parts of their APT sources should be upgraded
unattended.  One of the specifications it supports is based on the
Origin: field.  Absence of the field in InRelease files will probably
break that.

-- System Information:
Distributor ID:	Devuan
Description:	Devuan GNU/Linux testing/unstable
Release:	testing/unstable
Codename:	n/a

Architecture: x86_64

Kernel: Linux 4.9.0-6-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=ja_JP.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: sysvinit (via /sbin/init)

Hope this helps,
Olaf Meeuwissen, LPIC-2            FSF Associate Member since 2004-01-27
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