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Re: List of bugs that *must* be fixed before freezing Hamm


On Fri, 13 Feb 1998, David Engel wrote:

> We've been through this before.  It is unrealistic and impractical for
> libc to add a Conflicts: clause for every buggy package out there.
> As far as I'm concerned there is an implicit assumption that all
> packages on a user's system are up to date.

As far as I know, we have told our users that mixing packages from
different distributions is safe (in general).

The Debian FAQ says:

     * Package A conflicts with Package B when A will not operate if B is
       installed on the system.

In this case, the old emacs does not "operate" if libc6 is installed on
the system. This is not the same as being "buggy", it does not work at
all! (it core dumps and exits).

Since it is too late to add a Conflicts line to the old emacs, we have to
add it to the new libc6, because it is in unstable and we can change it.

I don't know whether it is realistic or not (perhaps "Breaks:" would be a
more appropriate name), but until we habe a Breaks: field, Conflicts: is
everything we have.

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