Re: RETRACTED msql 2.0.3-4
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On Mon, 8 Jun 1998, Martin Schulze wrote:
> Does anybody object?
> The problem is that the _preinst_ might use the programs useradd and
> groupadd. These are not in the base system nor essential. They're
> included in the passwd package. They might use configuration files
> that might not be configured when using a normal Dependency.
> Is there another way to solve this?
Maybe there is another way: preinst could do a check to see whether the
programs and/or configuration files it needs are available or not and exit
with an error if that is not the case.
However, this would have almost exactly the same effect than a
Pre-Dependency (dpkg receives an error and it does not install the
Perhaps the difference is that if you add a Pre-Depends, apt and
pkg-order will benefit from it, since they follow the optimal order, but
if the Pre-Dependency is done "by hand" in the preinst, they will
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