On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 12:58:14PM -0400, James Vega wrote:
On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 06:40:23PM +0200, Mike Hommey wrote:What should happen when several packages divert the same file ? Which one wins ? What about original files, what do they become ?Several packages shouldn't divert the same file, IMO. diversions are useful for specific circumstances and the diverted/diverting packages should be closely related (if not from the source). Alternatives are the better solution when there are myriad, non-conflicting sources which may provide the same file.
You still have to handle multiple diversions for /bin/sh. When d-i installs the system, you have to have a working /bin/sh immediately; you can't wait for the alternatives mechanism to be set up. And the only other option I see (other than diversions) is to prohibit changing /bin/sh, which will make a lot of people very upset. I agree that alternatives are the optimal tool here, but I don't know how that can be achieved. Suggestions welcome. -- brian m. carlson / brian with sandals: Houston, Texas, US +1 713 440 7475 | http://crustytoothpaste.ath.cx/~bmc | My opinion only troff on top of XML: http://crustytoothpaste.ath.cx/~bmc/code/thwack OpenPGP: RSA v4 4096b 88AC E9B2 9196 305B A994 7552 F1BA 225C 0223 B187
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