"super" pkgs (was Re: Back to RedHat)
FWIW, I locally maintain a "super" package which is basically empty
but contains only dependancies. It's purpose is local: I want to make
sure that the SGML packages used by documenters are the correct
version. I use versioned dependancies to ensure that the proper
versions are used.
This seems to work quite well. Again, it's what I consider a *local*
only solution. I maintain on internal servers a distribution point,
which can be added to /etc/apt/sources.list. I even have a
dupload.conf entry for the upload point.
As for shipping a pkg-selecting depends-only ("super") package for
Debian itself, I think interested parties should fork off on their own
and go ahead and try it out for a bit. Only then will we be in a
position to evaluate whether it's appropriate for inclusion in Debian
.....A. P. Harris...apharris@onShore.com...<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>