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Bug#274747: dependency on dpkg-dev is not required for provides

On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 08:43:16PM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> Package: type-handling
> Version: 0.2.23
> Severity: normal
> This issue has just become somewhat more commonplace:
> gnome-desktop-environment now uses type-handling, depending on
> "gnome-mount | linux-gnu", and on "policykit-1-gnome | not+linux-gnu".
> Note that gnome-desktop-environment, as a metapackage, uses
> "Architecture: all".  This seems like a very useful application of
> type-handling.
> Please, consider splitting the provides into a separate package which
> does not depend on dpkg-dev.

type-handling has always been a hack to workaround missing features of
dpkg-dev, and it should disappear asap.

dpkg has already support for architecture aliases for a few years, as
far as I remember it can't be used due to missing support on the
build daemons.

Could the dpkg team (Cc:ed) can give us a more detailed status of this
feature, so that we can push it for Squeeze?


Aurelien Jarno	                        GPG: 1024D/F1BCDB73
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