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apt-get: Reinstallation of [package] is not possible, it cannot be downloaded

Alexander Bochmann Sunday 15 of January, 2012
It's implicitly in the apt-get manpage, but I didn't see it until now - downgrading Ubuntu/Debian packages (for example to remove packages from an Ubuntu-PPA or a manually installed .deb with a newer version): Just add /distribution-name to the package when reinstalling.

For example (Ubuntu):

apt-get install --reinstall libgnutls26/oneiric libgcrypt11/oneiric