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Re: Please notify the maintainers when removing packages

Hi, Richard Braakman wrote:

> On Thu, May 08, 2003 at 11:15:44PM +0200, Matthias Urlichs wrote:
>> They will complain about Debian, not about their package's maintainer,
>> when they upgrade to Sarge and the program they've been using is
>> irretrievably auto-deinstalled.  :-(
> Does this happen a lot?  Both apt and dselect are very polite about not
> removing my packages.  What tool do you use?
The update to sarge will remove a whole lot of pachages because newer,
differently-named packages replace them. Examples: coreutils. All C++
libraries. A whole lot of differently-packaged stuff from KDE2.2.

The fact that one of the programs which you use daily, but have
almost-forgotten the .deb name of, is among the lot of them may well get
lost. After all, apt-get doesn't distinguish, if packages are removed
because of missing dependencies, between those which have been Replaces:'d
and those that haven't.

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