Bug#159574: general: Policy, Dependancy, Conflics - breaches - many
On Wed, Sep 04, 2002 at 02:46:19AM -0400, John D. Hendrickson wrote:
> DEBIAN BUG: Many packages have dependacies that don't actually exist.
Only in contrib/non-free. Anything else should be reported against the
packages in question.
> DEBIAN BUG: Many packages have 'conflicts' that don't actually exist.
> There are WAY to many example. "gdm and xdm conflict": Thats
> complete bull. I use both. They don't conflict. They don't
> even need to use "alternatives" because they don't use the same
What distribution are you using? potato, I suspect. They don't conflict
> "xpaint and xfree86 conflict". If you install the classic "xpaint"
> then you have to remove X. That's so brain damaged it has to be
> criminal in origin. Infact: force install xpaint without the
> "required" lib: you'll find it works great, the marking is bull.
What? xpaint doesn't conflict with anything.
> If I uninstall "exim" - "cron" is selected for removal EVEN
> THOUGH I've selected otherwise. Obviously - cron doesn't need
> a mailer - but the system needs cron. What kind of idiot marked
> that package? Fact is: cron runs its service - mailer or no.
cron only Recommends: exim, and dselect 1.10 in testing/unstable doesn't
force you to install recommendations. Earlier versions did.
> DEBIAN BUG: Many packages break when "removed". Reinstalling does not
> correct. Reconfigure does not correct.
It would be productive to file bugs against those packages.
> DEBIAN BUG: Many packages are marked as using libraries that they don't
> actually use - causeing extraneous dependancies and conflicts.
Filing this against general might be a good way to complain loudly, but
I'm not sure it's actually a good way to get things fixed. :) Upgrade to
a modern version of Debian first, though.
Colin Watson [email@example.com]