How should one deal with "The following package disappeared from your system..."?

by sage   Last Updated June 21, 2017 18:01 PM

On dpkg-/apt-based systems, it is possible to encounter a message such as the following:

The following package disappeared from your system as
all files have been overwritten by other packages:
Note: This is done automatically and on purpose by dpkg.

What does this even mean? How should we deal with it?

In this case, qfdevelopment_metapkg is an apt package that contains only dependencies in order to install the necessary packages prior to performing development for the qf project. I had installed the package (originally) using:

sudo dpkg -i qfdevelopment_metapkg-0.3.8-Linux.deb
sudo apt install -f

I am eager to know how others deal with this, since I don't understand the workaround that I fumbled through (which I'll list if it does not come up in answers).

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