Bug#30852: X packages do not upgrade automatically due to name change.
[ "general" because it affects a lot of packages, and because I would like
to hear some input from debian-devel ].
The day before yesterday I tried to upgrade to slink via dselect+APT.
Well, *none* of the newer X packages (those who changed the name) were
selected automatically by dselect.
Reason: I had not any package installed which explicitly depend on them,
so all the dependencies were satisfied with the old packages.
I don't think the user should be required to remember (or even to *know*)
how all the X packages (or *any* package) changed their names.
So, if we want the upgrade to be smooth, and we do not want this question
"Why the hell my X packages were not upgraded automatically?"
to become a FAQ, and we do not want a lot of people to lose a lot of time,
I propose to do one of the following things *before* slink release:
1. Change the names back (difficult).
2. Create a complete set of "compatibility" packages (easy).
Example of compatibility package:
This way, if somebody has xfnt100 previously selected, dselect will
automatically select the new package, on which the old (compatibility) one
[ We already had at least one compatibility package like this in bo.
It was called "miscutils" ].
We could blame dpkg or dselect for not having an extra field to allow a
package to change its name in a transparent way, but until we have support
in dpkg for this kind of things (and certainly this support will not be
added before slink release), compatibility packages are *much* better than
"f47140abeb1627e110dac452cc072e3e" (a truly random sig)