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Bug#4378: incomplete Packages files and incomplete distributions

Package: ftp.debian.org
Version: 1.1.7

Repeatedly, I faced problems with a new installation and with
upgrades coming from an out-of-date Packages file and/or of
an incomplete set of packages.
I have ignored missing packages when they were just recommended
but not available. Currently, however, there is the package gs_4.01
in /non-free, which *depends* on gsfonts (>=4.01), libpaper (>=1.0-1),
both of which are not availabe, however, in the stable tree.
An older version of gs, which is in /buzz and which would do with
the existing gsfonts package, cannot be installed, because dselect
picks only the newest version.

Perhaps it would be possible to automatically generate up-to-date
Packages files and to automatically check whether all the packages
others depend on are really there.

Univ.-Doz. Dr. Anton Rebhan
Inst. f. Theoret. Physik, Techn. Univ. Wien
Wiedner Hauptstr. 8-10/136
A-1040 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43-1-58801-5695
Fax: +43-1-5867760

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