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Bug#161849: general: many packages still depend on textutils|shellutils|fileutils

On Sun, Sep 22, 2002 at 01:47:15AM +0000, Brian M. Carlson wrote:
Package: general
Version: unavailable; reported 2002-09-22
Severity: important
Tags: sid

I am filing a general bug instead of filing mass bug reports on the 21
broken packages on my system. Packages should now depend on coreutils
instead of fileutils, shellutils, or textutils,

Actually, packages should *not* normally depend on coreutils, as it is
in base. The only time a depends is required is if you need a particular
version. It's extremely unlikely that anyone would need a versioned
depend on coreutils at this time. :)
Most of the versioned dependencies are pretty old--I urge maintainers to
consider whether they really need to try to ease upgrades by depending
on packages from the rex era. (Hint, such upgrades will run into
problems *long* before a fileutils dependency is an issue.) If you're
really worried about that you'll probably want something like "Depends:
fileutils (>> really_old_version) | coreutils"

Mike Stone

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