#include <hallo.h> * Steve Langasek [Wed, Aug 06 2003, 10:10:06AM]: > You tell me. Why is it so important to *prevent* the installation of an > MTA on such a machine when installing mutt? > > 99% of our users are going to want to send outgoing mail from their > mailreader. A package that contains multiple binaries must depend on > every library those binaries link against, even if a particular library > is only needed by one seldom-used application to provide functionality > that a small fraction of users would consider useful. If that's a > dependency, why would an MTA not be a dependency? At the packaging Hey, don't ask me but the OP. Apparently, there are following options: - do not depend on mail-transport-agent (but we agree that it normally useful) - depend on mail-transport-agent in the MUA package; the only way for the mentioned small fraction is to use equivs and fake mail-transport-agengt which is not so wise solution because other packages depending on m-t-a may really need the sendmail command - depend on m-t-a and allow an alternative virtual package (my proposal) with m-t-a as the first alternative and the fake package as another alternative. This would allow MUAs (without need for sendmail) to be installed by such users but pull a real m-t-a for potential new users So, I hope my last 0.02€. MfG, Eduard. -- Letzte Worte eines Zoowärters: "Der Löwe ist nicht hungrig."
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