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0008101Kali Linux[All Projects] Kali Package Bugpublic2022-12-20 16:32
Reporterpurpl3f0x Assigned Toarnaudr  
PrioritynormalSeveritytweakReproducibilityhave not tried
Status resolvedResolutionfixed 
Product Version2022.4 
Target VersionFixed in Versionkali-dev 
Summary0008101: Packages uninstalled by Kali Tweaks
DescriptionOn Kali 2022.3, when I used Kali Tweaks to install the `kali-linux-default` metapackage, some KDE applications such as the Dolphin file manager, and Kate text editor were uninstalled. I had to reinstall with `sudo apt install dolphon`. I'm not yet sure of any other packages that were removed, those were the first two I noticed.
Steps To ReproduceOn a fresh install of Kali without any tools, use Kali-tweaks to install the `kali-linux-default` metapackage.



2022-12-16 09:33

manager   ~0017246

Hello, it's not really a bug in kali-tweaks. All that kali-tweaks does is install the metapackage that you asked to install. This being said...

Out of the box, the file /etc/apt/sources.list points to kali-rolling. When 2022.3 was released, kali-rolling was just a little bit ahead. But the more time goes, and the more kali-rolling moves ahead.

And so, when you start Kali 2022.3, say 3 months after it was released, ideally you should first upgrade your system (apt update && apt full-upgrade), and only after you should run kali-tweaks and install metapackages. Otherwise, well, it should work, but maybe the result is a bit more unpredictable, because you find yourself upgrading parts of the system, not the whole system.

And this is not really documented, and kali-tweaks doesn't really help (it doesn't warn, or doesn't propose to upgrade the system beforehand). Maybe kali-tweaks should do better than that.

Aside from that: I just booted an up-to-date Kali system, installed kali-linux-default from kali-tweaks, and no package was removed (except for systemd-timesyncd, but that's not relevant here). So I believe that your problem will go away if you start from a 2022.4 Kali image, instead of a 2022.3 image.


2022-12-16 21:31

reporter   ~0017249

Thanks for the detailed explanation! IN this instance I couldn't start from 2022.4, I had an odd issue where my laptop would not boot after installing. I didn't make a bug for it, because I have no logs to give at this point, but it seemed like an EFI entry wasn't being added. Installing 2022.3 was my work-around. I upgraded to 2022.4 after install, but it was after using kali-tweaks to install the metapackage.


2022-12-20 16:31

manager   ~0017266

Latest version of kali-tweaks (2023.1.1, soon in Kali rolling) behaves better, it will propose to upgrade the system before installing the metapackages (which is recommended but not mandatory), and it also asks for confirmation before installing the packages. This gives you a change to review the list of changes before accepting.

In theory, if the system is upgraded before installing the metapackages, there should be no problem. I tested it with your setup (Kali 2022.3, KDE desktop environment), I could reproduce the issue that you reported, and I could also validate that, by upgrading the system first, and installing the metapackage after that, there was no problem.

So I'm closing the issue. Thanks for reporting it, it's actually very helpful, and kali-tweaks was at fault here. I'm glad I could improve it.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2022-12-14 17:42 purpl3f0x New Issue
2022-12-16 09:33 arnaudr Note Added: 0017246
2022-12-16 21:31 purpl3f0x Note Added: 0017249
2022-12-20 16:31 arnaudr Note Added: 0017266
2022-12-20 16:32 arnaudr Assigned To => arnaudr
2022-12-20 16:32 arnaudr Status new => assigned
2022-12-20 16:32 arnaudr Status assigned => resolved
2022-12-20 16:32 arnaudr Resolution open => fixed
2022-12-20 16:32 arnaudr Fixed in Version => kali-dev