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update-alternatives and shared libraries

On Sun, 2002-05-05 at 21:28, Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> I think you can use update-alternatives to be able to install both
> libraries.

Is using update-alternatives for shared libraries safe?

dpkg makes sure that symlinks get unpacked first in order to minimize
breakage during upgrades (although I can't remember the reason why this
is important right now).

Will this be a problem for update-alternatives?

I am not yet convinced that update-alternatives will help in this
situation (especially since there seem to be conflicting requirements
from everybody), but it might help in other problems I have encountered.
Brian May <bam@snoopy.apana.org.au>

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