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Re: New dpkg upload - please test!

On Thu, Oct 14, 1999 at 07:00:03PM +1000, Craig Sanders wrote:
> > > >   * Move dselect into its own package
> > > 
> > > To what end? No offence is intended to any maintainers, but some of
> > > the splits lately seem a bit pointless to me.
> >
> > Dselect isn't quite that small, and it isn't essential as dpkg is...
> given that we don't yet have a viable alternative to dselect, it IS
> essential.
> lets wait until we actually have an alternative that works, and has been
> tested for several months before we even think about making dselect
> non-essential.

For now, I wouldn't object to adding "Essential: yes" and "Priority:
required" to dselect package...

BTW we do have console-apt, it's just not tested enough yet and probably
missing some features...

> > > After recent runs of 'apt-get dist-upgrade', I've been left without
> > > telnet, ftp and rlogin; these are so small it hardly seems worth the
> > > effort of separating them.
> >
> > That should be fixed. Either by adding a Recommends: or any other more
> > intellingent way. Upgrades should be smooth, and not crippling.
> Recommends is evil. it should be treated exactly like Suggests, but it
> is currently treated like a Suggests that won't take "No" for an answer.

You can still use "Q" in the "dependency conflict resolution screen" (God,
I hate that term! :).

> at least, that's the way dselect currently handles it. apt just ignores
> Recommends like it ignores Suggests....which is going to break a lot of
> systems when dselect just vanishes after an upgrade.

That sucks. Maybe dpkg should just have "Depends: dselect" for the time

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