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Re: RFC: Upstream author renamed his software

On Sun, Mar 16, 2003 at 03:34:17PM +0200, Richard Braakman wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 15, 2003 at 10:06:46AM -0700, Bob Proulx wrote:
> > Agreed.  Note that this is one reason why updating from an older
> > released debian version to a newer released debian version should not
> > skip intermediate versions.  If you do skip major released versions
> > then this process to walk a package to a newer version is skipped too.
> > Example: Going from potato to sarge, bad, skips steps in process.
> > Going from potato to woody then update woody to sarge, good, gets all
> > of the right steps.

> Isn't this the problem that a combination of Conflicts and Replaces
> is supposed to solve?  dselect should automatically recommend replacing
> the old package with the new package, without any dummy packages being
> involved.

Not if nothing depends on the new package to automatically pull it in.
There are other reasons for conflicts/replaces to be used, which can't
be automatically distinguished from "this is an old package"; so to get
an automatic upgrade, some package the user already has installed must
be changed to depend on the new package.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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