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Re: 'Admin Provides' Meta package - [lib troubles]was[linux software?]

On Thu, Jul 25, 2002 at 01:57:13PM -0400, Carlos O'Donell wrote:
> It would be interesting to have the following:
> - 'Admin provides' meta-package (rpm/deb)
> 	= Allows you to specify what you've compiled
> 	and installed by hand.

The 'equivs' package for Debian provides this:

Package: equivs
Priority: extra
Section: admin
Installed-Size: 51
Maintainer: Martin Bialasinski <martinb@debian.org>
Architecture: all
Version: 2.0.4
Depends: perl | perl5, debhelper, dpkg-dev, devscripts, make, fakeroot
Filename: pool/main/e/equivs/equivs_2.0.4_all.deb
Size: 18178
MD5sum: 835d97f567fe0cf36700ebf012082993
Description: Circumventing Debian package dependencies
 This is a dummy package which can be used to create Debian
 packages, which only contain dependency information.
 This way, you can make the Debian package management
 system believe that equivalents to packages on which other
 packages do depend on are actually installed.
 Another possibility is creation of a meta package. When this
 package contains a dependency as "Depends: a, b, c", then
 installing this package will also select packages a, b and c.
 Instead of "Depends", you can also use "Recommends:" or
 "Suggests:" for less demanding dependency.
 Please note that this is a crude hack and if thoughtlessly used
 might possibly do damage to your packaging system. And please
 note as well that using it is not the recommended way of dealing
 with broken dependencies. Better file a bug report instead.

It's not GUI-drivable, but may help with what you want.


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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