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Re: If *-module depends on *-utils, should *-source recommend it?

On Mon, Jan 10, 2005 at 05:17:19PM -0600, Matthew Dempsky wrote:
> It seems like the common case for wanting to install a kernel module
> source package is to build the module and then install it on the same
> box.  Since the *-source package doesn't really depend on *-utils, why
> not add a Recommends line?

> For example, ndiswrapper-source would Recommend ndiswrapper-util,
> while ndiswrapper-module-* would Depend on ndiswrapper-util still.
> (Similarly for alsa-*, and any other modules.)

The build system may not be the same as the system where the package will be
installed, or one may be a chroot of the other, in which case this is
needless overhead.

There is nothing in the -source package that actually requires (or should
recommend) the -utils package.  A much better fix here is for people to get
over the fact that dpkg isn't apt.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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