Concurrent updates to GDAL (to 2.1.3) and QGIS (to 2.18.5) on Linux Mint 18.1 from the Ubuntugis repos breaks QGIS, with a noted dependency for the virtual package gdal-abi-2-1-2 being uninstallable.

The stable Ubuntugis ppa currently supplies GDAL 2.1.0 (gdal-abi-2-1-0) while the Ubuntugis-unstable ppa has been updated to GDAL 2.1.3 (gdal-abi-2-1-3).

Has anyone found a way around this?


QGIS bug report for those interested is here: http://hub.qgis.org/issues/16386


The ticket has been closed as fixed. Everything should be back to normal now.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a bug report and not a question for GIS.SE - see gis.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4185/… This one includes a workaround as an answer but the QGIS bug report has that too. I don't think our Q&As should be "duplicates" of a QGIS bug report.
    – PolyGeo
    Mar 29, 2017 at 2:02
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    It is fixed, QGIS 2.18.5 can be now installed with ubuntugis dependences.
    – Oto Kaláb
    Mar 29, 2017 at 20:14

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Until QGIS on the Ubuntugis repos gets built with the updated GDAL packages the easiest workaround I've found to get around this dependency issue is to create a fake virtual gdal-abi-2-1-2 package using equivs-build per the instructions here: Cannot install QGIS 2.18 from repository on Debian Stretch; package "gdal-abi-2-1-1" not installable

QGIS should then update to 2.18.5 and run normally.

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