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Re: dpkg can't handle multiple replaces (was: Freezing Bo)

On 28 Feb 1997, Rob Browning wrote:

> Christian Hudon <chudon@ee.mcgill.ca> writes:
> > It's also very hard to upgrade to tetex using dselect... Partly because of
> > this missing feature (from /usr/doc/dpkg/WISHLIST):
> > 
> >  * understand Replaces in dselect
> > 
> > Maybe it might be a good idea to delay tetex until 1.4?
> Maybe so, this is going to generate a *bunch* of bad publicity.
> I know I had quite a bit of trouble installing debian's tetex on a
> machine yesterday, and I was expecting the trouble.  Among other
> things the packages were upset that /etc/texmf and /usr/lib/texmf were
> left around because the older TeX packages hadn't been removed
> properly.  We need to fix this.  I think this should be high on the
> dpkg repair list.

it's a shame dpkg isn't re-entrant - otherwise it would be possible to
put the 'dpkg --purge' commands in the tetex-base.preinst


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