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Re: perl dependancy problem

On Tue, Oct 05, 1999 at 10:27:00PM -0700, Joey Hess wrote:
> I have a package (debconf) that uses lib.pm. This is in perl-5.00[54]. It
> depends on perl5. I just installed a fresh unstable system, using the
> defaults. perl-5.004-base and perl-5.004 were installed, as was
> perl-5.005-base. perl-5.005 itself was not installed.

Huh? perl-5.005 is priority: important, and it doesn't seem to conflict
with anything else. How come it didn't get installed?

My first suspicion was that having the dummy `perl' package still around
might've been causing problems, but I can't see how it could be.

> perl -v says perl
> 5.005 is being used as the "perl" command. When debconf was installed,
> nothing in the dependancies pulled in perl-5.005. So the program fails.

Yick. Perhaps the alternative priorities could be arranged differently?

Something like

	perl-5.004-base with a priority of  5004
	perl-5.005-base with a priority of  5005
	perl-5.004      with a priority of 15004
	perl-5.005      with a priority of 15005

? Can this even be done, though?


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