Re: new fields in debian/control
> Date: 17 Jul 2000 10:17:55 EDT
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> From: Itai Zukerman <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: new fields in debian/control
> > > * Origin
> > > This lists the origin of a package. For all Debian packages this should
> > > be `Debian'.
> Will the package building tools be patched to only allow Debian
> packages to depend on Debian packages? That is, to issue a warning
> * if you attempt to build A as Origin: Debian, and
> * if A depends on (recommends, suggests) B, and
> * if the B on your system doesn't have Origin: Debian?
Hell, no! I hope not, because I have local package ideas that need to depend
on packages in other realms.
However, your message brings up an interesting point....
Can a depend relationship point external to its realm? Like, if say non-free
were split off of debian and a packaging archive plus bts were built for it,
and further assume that the split was clean and not a fork, you might have
packages in that realm depending on a debian package...
But packages in debian's main should only point at another pkg in main, or
to nothing (if, say, it were statically linked).
The question still stands tho: if a complete packaging realm were to be
built, could packages depend on packages in other packaging realms?
Jim Lynch Finger for pgp key
as Laney College CIS admin: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.laney.edu/~jim/
as Debian developer: email@example.com http://www.debian.org/~jwl/