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rsyslog will not unattended-upgrade
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Other apt activities download the new version, install and upgrade without -dist, but u-a says:

ignoring ver 'rsyslog=8.1901.0-1~bpo9+1' with priority < 0

Event Timeline

$ apt-cache policy rsyslog
  Installed: 8.24.0-1
  Candidate: 8.1901.0-1~bpo9+1
  Version table:
     8.1901.0-1~bpo9+1 1001
        -10 stretch-backports/main amd64 Packages
     8.38.0-1~bpo9+1wmf1 500
        500 stretch-wikimedia/main amd64 Packages
 *** 8.24.0-1 500
        500 stretch/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     8.4.2-1+deb8u2 -10
        -10 jessie/main amd64 Packages

Seeing this with a couple other packages now (augeas-lenses and puppet-lint). The reason is because unattended-upgrades does not have the backports repo available. However that has not changed. Best I can tell the new behavior is "apt-get upgrade -s" returning results from the backports repo, and showing the new candidate. I am currently wondering what might have caused that.

cwdent claimed this task.

I looked back and rsyslog was set to install from backports like 6 months ago. What I don't understand is why it is not installed from backports right now. I updated them manually. I'll reopen if this comes up again.