Re: would be a wishlist bug against alien, but ...
On Wed, Oct 18, 2000 at 09:40:03PM -0700, Joey Hess wrote:
> Chris Fearnley wrote:
> > Corel has improved alien's error handling in the rpm -> deb conversion
> > process. These patches should be looked at by Debian to determine if they
> > are useful as they look. I think they look very useful. Their virtue
> > are given by this comment from the Corel code:
> > # Get a list of file locations and check if they conflict with files already
> > # installed on a Corel LINUX system.
> > # The purpose of this function is to help prevent unknowing users from damaging
> > # their system by installing over files that are already installed.
> I've looked at these patches extensively in the past. IMHO, they are
> worthless for general use. For example, dpkg implements file conflict
> checking and so on itself at deb install time, whereas the file conflict
> checking in corel's alien is done at package conversion time. But the
> converted package may not be installed on the machine it is built on!
Very good point, I hadn't considered that. But isn't it only a warning in
dpkg? Or was that fixed?
And their dependency check is rendered obsolete by alien's calls to
dpkg-shlibdeps and dh_perl. Correct?
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