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Re: Uninstallable packages in woody

Michael Beattie <mjb@debian.org> writes:

> On Sat, Jun 01, 2002 at 06:03:22PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > Specifically what I want is:
> > 
> > Conform to the rule that "optional" packages may not conflict.
> > 
> > It is easy to fix: move offending packages into extra.
> Go and try to work out what can and cannot be moved. go and take a look
> at the incredible complexity of inter-dependencies in packages. you'll
> quickly work out that what you propose is actually not that easy. hence
> why I usually take a while to pluck up the courage and actually attempt
> to fix these things. it is a HUGE drain on time.

I sent bug reports, saying "this conflicts with that, one or both
should be moved to extra"--and in nearly all of the cases, it would be
easy.  I did this as I ran across problems.

I received replies like "this is not a real problem", or "we don't
care about this for woody".

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