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Re: What is the "editor" virtual package for?

On Mon, Apr 19, 2004 at 08:57:18AM -0500, Steve Greenland wrote:
> I noticed this rather surprising item in the emacs21 changelog:
> >    * Provide the `editor' virtual package. 
> Some investigation shows that there are a few other editor packages now
> providing "editor" as well.
> As I recall, the concept of an "editor" virtual package has been
> discussed on debian-devel several times over the years, and each time
> rejected as useless. Remember, the purpose of virtual packages is to
> provide a way for other packages to Depend on a specific functionality
> *with a specific interface*, without having to know all the packages
> that provide that functionality. For example, packages that provide the
> virtual package "awk" must include a /usr/bin/awk that implements the
> AWK language.
> But what is the definition of the "editor"? What functionality is
> another package able to depend on, and more importantly, how is that
> dependency useful?


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