If you’re using docker and the ubuntu:14.04 image (and possibly other images as well), then you’ll want to follow the following steps to get apt-show-versions to work, which is an essential tool if you want perfectly reproducible builds/deploys (so that you can figure out exactly what versions to provide to apt-get!)
If you first install apt-show-versions and get something like:
Errors were encountered while processing: apt-show-versions
Then if you try to run it and get:
root@docker-host:/# apt-show-versions python3 Error: No information about packages! (Maybe no deb entries?)
It’s likely that the ubuntu:14.04 docker image has taken some space-saving shortcuts that won’t allow apt-show-versions to read the dpkg index. Let’s fix that!
root@docker-host:/# rm /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/docker-gzip-indexes root@docker-host:/# apt-get update
That should fix it! Next time you run
apt-show-versions it should work just fine!