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Re: "task" and beyond

On Wed, Feb 05, 2003 at 06:43:38PM +0100, Richard Atterer wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 05, 2003 at 03:29:22AM -0800, Osamu Aoki wrote:
> > My unelucidated thinking is if there is a field in control file which
> > gives *attribute* of package, it will make things much more easy if
> > package management tools use them properly.  This is somewhat a extension
> > of task field.
> One attribute which I'd consider very useful: "auto-managed".
> Typically, run-time libraries and *-common/*-data packages would be
> declared "auto-managed". Such a package is not useful by itself, its
> features are only used indirectly by other packages which depend on it.
> A package selection tool would by default *not* list these packages. They'd
> get pulled in by other packages, and maybe they'd be deinstalled
> automatically once there are no other packages on the system which depend
> on them.

Have you tried debfoster? It filled this need for me, and I only
found out about it on debian-curiosa@l.d.o. :-)

Paul "TBBle" Hampson, MCSE
5th year CompSci/Asian Studies student, ANU
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