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Re: thought: dpkg and other dists

Dan writes:
> Perhaps the place to look is not in the dependencies but in the .deb
> itself.

How can the .deb tell that you are installing on a Debian system?

> Right now every package has a 'debian-binary' entry in it indicating, I
> assume, that it is indeed a .deb.

According to deb(8) 'debian-binary' contains only the 'format version

> This file (or redhat-binary, or suse-binary) could specify distribution
> and perhaps even how important the distribution compliance is.

Why not use the existing dependency system?  I think my idea could be
implemented with nothing but a change in policy.  No change in the .deb
format or in dpkg would be required.

BTW, I recall that there was a proposal to add a 'vendor' field to the .deb
format (presumably in debian-binary).  I don't know what became of it.
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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