Re: Bug#169231: tcl8.4 should be installable on woody without updating libc
Hi Chris (and libc maintainers),
Yes, you are right, I do not understand.
I don't understand why I can't install the Tcl8.4 *official* sid package onto
woody without upgrading libc... I am sorry if that might seem... strange? ;)
(See further below...)
Association of Hungarian Linux Users
Quoting Chris Waters <email@example.com>:
> On Sat, Nov 16, 2002 at 12:57:10PM +0100, Csan wrote:
> > Is it a bug for me? yes
> No. The package is perfectly usable for you. You just don't WANT to
> do what's required to make it work (upgrade libc). That makes it a
> wishlist item.
I agree: it is a wishlist item from your (yes, more official than mine) point of
> > - Does it "have a major effect on the usability of the package"?
> > yes: installing it on a stable Debian would mean undermining the
> > whole stable system
> Debian doesn't officially support installing unstable packages on
> stable systems. I admit that the new version of apt makes this
> *easier* than it used to be, but still, if you do that, you're on your
But you are not suggesting me an apt way - your solution would mean me totally
getting out of apt and its advantages (by making my own package).
> For this reason, issues with cross-release dependencies are NEVER bugs
> (unless they affect upgrading, which this one doesn't.)
Ok, then let me ask you the following: what was the reason of the versioned libc
dependency for tcl8.4? (I can accept an 'I don't know' answer for sure ;))
Isn't it exaggerated?
> > whereas removing that dependency on libc [...]
> I don't think you understand -- those dependencies are not generated
> by me. They are created by the packaging system automatically from
> the library packages. If you have a complaint about the libc
> dependency, you need to talk to the libc maintainer. I have NO WAY to
> adjust that dependency, except to downgrade libc (and everything that
> depends on it), which I'm not going to do.
There's a light! :)
Hrm... so talk to the libc maintainer? Ok, thanks, I will try to contact him.
(However, it is strange that a package maintainer does not have that level of
control over his own package...)
Debian libc maintainers, I am sorry for disturbing... I'd need an explanation to
the simple question: why the versioned libc dependency on Tcl8.4?
Would it be possible to adust the libc dependency so that the woody libc would
satisfy the needs of the Tcl8.4 package?
All the best to you all,
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