Re: 'Admin Provides' Meta package - [lib troubles]was[linux software?]
On Thu, Jul 25, 2002 at 01:57:13PM -0400, Carlos O'Donell wrote:
> It would be interesting to have the following:
> - 'Admin provides' meta-package (rpm/deb)
> = Allows you to specify what you've compiled
> and installed by hand.
The 'equivs' package for Debian provides this:
Maintainer: Martin Bialasinski <email@example.com>
Depends: perl | perl5, debhelper, dpkg-dev, devscripts, make, fakeroot
Description: Circumventing Debian package dependencies
This is a dummy package which can be used to create Debian
packages, which only contain dependency information.
This way, you can make the Debian package management
system believe that equivalents to packages on which other
packages do depend on are actually installed.
Another possibility is creation of a meta package. When this
package contains a dependency as "Depends: a, b, c", then
installing this package will also select packages a, b and c.
Instead of "Depends", you can also use "Recommends:" or
"Suggests:" for less demanding dependency.
Please note that this is a crude hack and if thoughtlessly used
might possibly do damage to your packaging system. And please
note as well that using it is not the recommended way of dealing
with broken dependencies. Better file a bug report instead.
It's not GUI-drivable, but may help with what you want.
Colin Watson [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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