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Re: Bug#273734: education-common: con't fulfill the Recommends on !i386

On Mon, Oct 04, 2004 at 11:04:05PM -0400, Kevin Mark wrote:
> Hi Adrian,
> if 'boot-loader' was not a real package (not sure if it requires a new
> catagory or if it fits under meta or virtual) and then when you did:
> apt-get install boot-loader
> it (dpkg or apt -- not sure) checked your ARCH and then install the one that
> 'provides: boot-loader' and matches your ARCH
> where
> Package: lilo
> Provides: boot-loader
> Architecture: i386
> Package: silo
> Provides: boot-loader
> Architecture: sparc
> And would install lilo on i386 and silo on sparc. The idea is that they
> both provide similar functionality but are arch dependant.
> Not sure what to do if more than one package can satisfy the 'provides'.

The problem in this specific case was, that a binary-all package wanted 
to have grub installed instead of lilo.

Yes, you can solve some problems using virtual packages like 

No, you can't solve all problems using virtual packages like 

> Hope this is not too OT but I'm trying to understand under the hood.
> -Kev



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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