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Re: Packages should not Conflict on the basis of duplicate functionality

On Fri, 24 Sep 1999, Clint Adams wrote:

> They both provide httpd; should I file bugs against them demanding that
> they conflict with it too?

I think this is a good point; it doesn't seem to be a clear area
of policy.  It sounds like perhaps some new system needs to be
implemented.  Perhaps a Suspicious: line in the control file, which
will mirror Conflicts:, except only elciiting a warning to the
user?  Or perhaps a simple flag is required to override it?

What is wrong with the semantics of `dpkg --force-conflicts' as it
stands?  That it confuses packages like `apt-get', whinging about
broken packages, or some other reason?

I think any deeper idea (such as a database of `claimed' ports in
/etc, or something) would be ugly, and best avoided in the name of

Chris <chris@fluff.org>                         ( http://www.fluff.org/chris )

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