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Re: Bug#947847: please install systemd-sysusers using update-alternatives

On 1/30/20 7:02 AM, Thomas Goirand wrote:
This is normally solved if using pre-depends, which ensure that a
package is configured before using it (and not just unpacked).

Having everything using sysusers have versioned Pre-Depends on systemd | opensysusers would probably minimize the problem, but could potentially be a fair number of Pre-Depends to add. (I have no idea if non-versioned Pre-Depends on a virtual package works, if so that'd be better. If not, it'd also require adjusting them all if another alternative is introduced.)

I'm not sure what the risk of dependency resolution unexpectedly changing a system to use opensysusers is. Or of it deciding to install systemd when the admin wants to use opensysusers — that is probably a higher risk since systemd would be listed as the first alternative.

Not saying any of this is a showstopper, of course, just that its a downside/potential complication to weigh.

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