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Re: APT 0.1.6 is released!

eichin@thok.org (Mark W. Eichin) wrote:
> Yeah, I got bit by that too, and it took me a while to find that...
> maybe we need some sort of "transitional-recommends" field?  Something
> that is ignored if you are installing the package (to avoid causing
> even more pain to dselect users, or something), but noticed on an
> upgrade? (obviously it need more subtlety than that, but this might be
> a more useful distinction than we've had before for splitting
> packages...)

Package splitting has always been a problem with Debian.  I would suggest a different solution, namely an "upgrades" field included in the new packages.  The idea is that if package A is split into packages B and C, both B and C should include a field

  upgrades: A

in their control file.  That way the upgrade procedure would now that in order to upgrade A, both B and C must be installed.  I think this idea works for package splitting as well as for package renaming, or combinations of them both.


M. S.

Martin A. Soto J.                           Profesor
Departamento de Ingenieria de Sistemas y Computacion
Universidad de los Andes      masoto@uniandes.edu.co

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