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Help? [Fwd: Bug#107146: galeon does not depend on mozilla-mailnews]

I got this advice from someone regarding a bug in galeon which causes it
in rare circumstances to not work without the mozilla-mailnews package.
I recently went ahead and depended on mozilla-mailnews... the
suggestions in this mail are interesting, but i'm not sure following
them would be "proper".  Input is welcome.  Complete information on the
bug is at http://bugs.debian.org/107146

Jared Johnson

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eb@dogbert eb$ dpkg -s mozilla-mailnews
Package: mozilla-mailnews
Status: purge ok not-installed
Priority: optional
Section: non-US

eb@dogbert eb$ dpkg -s mozilla-browser | grep ^Version
Version: 2:0.9.3-1
eb@dogbert eb$ dpkg -s galeon | grep ^Version
Version: 0.11.5-1

the galeon package I built myself since there is no non-US powerpc
build daemon, while i was at it i deleted the uneeded dependency on
mozilla-mailnews, as you can see I have left that uninstalled and
galeon is working perfectly on all sorts of pages.

Do we really need a dependency on mozilla-mailnews for a completly
unreporducable bug?  a postinst message mentioning this would be
better if you really feel the need.  Keep in mind many of us are
behind very slow network connections and mozilla is rather a bitch,
adding mailnews makes it worse.

Furthermore i think it will be easier to collect more data on this
issue if you don't force everyone to install mozilla-mailnews, add a
postinst note requesting that galeon failures (without mailnews) be
reported so this can be fixed instead of sidestepped. if you never get
any more reports then you can safly assume the reporter's system was
broken or this is no longer an issue.

Ethan Benson

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