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How bad is --force-remove-reinstreq

I have a system on which pcmcia-cs is marked as half-installed/needing
reinstallation. The system doesn't use pcmcia. Because of this error,
apt refuses to work because it doesn't know where pcmcia-cs comes

So the choices are to manually download all the required packages to
create pcmcia-cs (the source isn't on this machine) only to immediately
uninstall them, or

use --force-remove-reinstreq...

BTW, it would be nice if apt could work out where these created packages
came from. Maybe virtual packages listed in the Packages.gz file
along the lines of:

Package: pcmcia-cs
Built-From: pcmcia-cs-source
Depends: debmake, etc....

You get the idea. No files needed in the archive.
Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog@cupid.suninternet.com>

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