Behaviour of "Conflicts:"
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I'm curious about how dpkg handles the "Conflicts:" line of packages
that are already installed on the machine. If package X conflicts
with package Y, and Y is already installed, I cannot install X. This
is normal. BUT... if X is installed, what happens if I try to install
Y? Y doesn't say that it conflicts with X. Does dpkg somehow scan
thru the installed packages' control files to check for conflict?
I would hope that dpkg would somehow catch this and prevent the
installation of Y. This could be a serious problem otherwise.
If this has been pointed out before, just let me know and I'll shut up.
Todd Harper "Damn it Smithers, this isn't rocket science,
firstname.lastname@example.org it's brain surgery!" -- Mr. Burns
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