Re: thought: dpkg and other dists
> Perhaps the place to look is not in the dependencies but in the .deb
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.
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