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Re: [RFC] Exim as standard Debian MTA?

On Fri, Aug 28, 1998 at 12:40:26AM +0200, Andreas Jellinghaus wrote:
> > cron?
> sure. cron sends the output of a program via mail to the user. so it depends
> on mail-transport-agent
> andreas
> btw: shouldn't debian for 2.1 remove the "smail | sendmail | " before
> mail-transport-agent ? every app did implement the virtual package name
> "mail-transport-agent" ...

Packaging manual (quote):

8.6. Defaults for satisfying dependencies - ordering

     Ordering is significant in dependency fields.

     Usually dselect will suggest to the user that they select the package
     with the most `fundamental' class (eg, it will prefer Base packages to
     Optional ones), or the one that they `most wanted' to select in some

     In the absence of other information dselect will offer a default
     selection of the first named package in a list of alternatives.

     However, there is no way to specify the `order' of several packages
     which all provide the same thing, when that thing is listed as a

     Therefore a dependency on a virtual package should contain a concrete
     package name as the first alternative, so that this is the default.

     For example, consider the set of packages:
          Package: glibcdoc
          Recommends: info-browser
          Package: info
          Provides: info-browser
          Package: emacs
          Provides: info-browser

     If emacs and info both have the same priority then dselect's choice is
     essentially random. Better would be 
          Package: glibcdoc
          Recommends: info | info-browser
     so that dselect defaults to selecting the lightweight standalone info


Christian Meder, email: meder@isr.uni-stuttgart.de
What's the railroad to me ?
I never go to see
Where it ends.
It fills a few hollows,
And makes banks for the swallows, 
It sets the sand a-blowing,
And the blackberries a-growing.
                      (Henry David Thoreau)

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