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

Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:

> 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.

Hence the Recommends instead of Depends.

> There is nothing in the -source package that actually requires (or should
> recommend) the -utils package.

Sure, nothing requires the -utils package, but does the fact that the
package it generates depends on -utils not mean the -source package
should recommend it?

> A much better fix here is for people to get over the fact that dpkg
> isn't apt.

Am I confusing them some how?

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