Re: A Frequently Reported Bug: "process_queue: Assertion `dependtry <= 4' failed." in dpkg
Richard Braakman wrote:
> > In the second case,
> > the package which depends on the virtual package should list real
> > packages as alternatives to the virtual package so that the loop no
> > longer includes the virtual package.
> Note you should do this anyway. See packaging manual section 8.6:
> 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.
Hmmm, there are for example quite a lot of packages that depend on "perl5",
instead of "perl5, perl-5.005". I guess a lot of fixing has to be done :)