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Re: Advice for release critical bug (WAS: Bug#22942: libpaper depends on libpaperg)


thanks for your comments on this problems!
I am sorry for the delay in the answer: there have been problems with
the my mail server during the week-end...

SUMMARY: the problem is that libpaper depends on libpaperg, which is bad,
since it can create problems when upgrading from bo. The dependency is
needed since some executables, that in bo were present in libpaper, are
now in libpaperg, but the bo packages that use these executables just
depend on libpaper.

The following two solutions have been proposed, that seem to be
particularly satisfactory:

On Fri, 5 Jun 1998, Remco Blaakmeer wrote:
> Let the programs be in both packages, but use dpkg's diversions to "move
> away" the libc5 binaries when libpaperg is installed and remove the
> diversions on remove of libpaperg. Only drawback: a little (?) waste of
> hard drive space.
> See 'dpkg-divert --help' for help. I couldn't find a man page for it.

Otherwise, i could make libpaper conflict with the bo versions of the
packages that depend on libpaper and use the executables (an example is
debiandoc-sgml). In this way, the user is forced to install the hamm
versions of these packages, that depend on libpaperg.

Any comment in welcome.

Thank you,


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