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Re: Bug#187233: amavis-ng: Undocumented change in dependancies (debconf)



Hilko Bengen wrote:
> Jefferson Cowart <jeff@cowart.net> writes:
> 
> > Package: amavis-ng
> > Version: 0.1.6.3-1
> > Severity: important
> >
> > Between 0.1.6.2 and 0.1.6.3 the dependancy on debconf was changed
> > which is undocumented. The result is that it doesn't install on
> > current stable. Either the change should be listed in the change log
> > or not made.
> 
> The packages I provide are supposed to work on unstable.
> 
> I put the versioned Depends: in because of the following Lintian
> warning:
> 
> W: amavis-ng: init-script-suggests-versioned-depends postinst
> N:
> N:   dpkg-reconfigure only stops daemons as of version 1.2.9. To ensure
> N:   dpkg-reconfigure can correctly start the daemon after reconfiguration,
> N:   packages should declare a dependency on that version of debconf.
> 
> You are free to do a woody backport that takes out the versioned
> dependency. 

This lintian warning is in error, and you should ignore it. The
over-tight dependencies that it promotes are not worth the bother. See
my response to bug #185721 for more details.

(Speaking as the maintainer of both debconf, and debhelper, and wishing
I'd remembered to bring this up with Sean last time we had lunch.)

-- 
see shy jo

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