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Re: Bug#13849: netstd should predepend on libreadlineg2

On Fri, 13 Mar 1998, Raul Miller wrote:

> Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca> wrote:
> > Then all depends must be converted to pre-depends, converting some doesn't
> > do much at all.
> I don't like this solution.  There must be a better way.
> I need to think about this issue (I'm currently considering: 
> a mechanism to locally promote non-essential packages to essential,

Hmm, I would have to check to be certain, but I think I coded things so
that if a packages was mentioned as essential it would apply to all

> with automatic promoting of depends to pre-depends, and a
> strick concept of package order which won't unpack something
> with unsatisfied dependencies unless they're part of a circle
> which includes that package).

You mean like Deity? It goes one step further and promotes all dependants
of essential packages to be immediate-configure as well as doing the

Perhaps the best thing is to have a /var/state/deity/status.user which is
never touched by any programs. Then if you felt netstd was important just

Package: netstd
Essential: yes

Or if you wanted immediate configuration of something,

Package: foo
Flags: immediate-configure

Or like I would like with CVS on va (sort of a super-hold),

Package: cvs
Flags: never-download

Of course the flags tag doesn't exist.


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