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Re: splitting packages - Huston, we have a problem.


Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca> wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 30, 1998 at 01:24:03PM +0000, Ian Jackson wrote:
> > > >We need some kind of line in control that apt/dselect understand to tell
> > > >them that the packages just split.  dpkg probably doesn't need to know/care
> > > >about it.
> Replaces has so many other meanings and common uses that it is not good
> enough to base a automatic package install on. I actually can't really
> think of how you'd want to specify this..

How about the halves having different names, and upgrading the
origianl-named package to have no files, but depend on the two

Ie: original package foo provides functionality bar and baz. It is
desired to split this out. After the split, there would be packages
bar and baz, but there would also be a new version of foo which would
contain no files. The new version of foo would depend/recommend bar
and baz. 

That way, new people install bar and/or baz. Old people (and old
packages) will install (depend/recommend) foo.

I'm new here, does this make sense?

Jiri <jiri@baum.com.au>

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