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Re: JOEL BAKER, STOP TELLING PEOPLE TO DEPEND ON LIBC-DEV *INSTEAD* OF LIBC6-DEV



On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 11:13:47PM +1000, Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 15, 2002 at 05:45:31PM -0500, Graham Wilson wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 15, 2002 at 09:52:21PM +1000, Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> > > On Tue, Oct 15, 2002 at 10:28:30AM +1000, Daniel Stone wrote:
> > > > Because, when you have multiple packages providing libc-dev, apt
> > > > stops and says "Shit! Which one should I install?". Your build thus
> > > > fails.
> > > 
> > > Why don't we fix apt-get instead of kludging all of our packages?
> > > Purely virtual dependencies should be quite acceptable.
> > 
> > what happens if there are multiple packages that provice the pure
> > virtual package? (for instance, www-browser) how would apt determine
> > which one to install?
> 
> It should pick the one with the highest priority, and if there's still
> several, pick one at random. Or sort the names and pick the one that
> comes first, or last, or second or something. According to the 
> dependencies they all provide the requested functionality anyway.

or the one with the most dependencies already installed.

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