Re: Dependencies on kernel-image-x.y [was: NPTL support in kernel 2.4 series]
Josselin Mouette <email@example.com> wrote:
> This is just insane. What if we removed all dependencies on
> mail-transport-agent, just because the user can install a random MTA by
> himself ? Why not remove all dependencies, while we're at it? The user
> may have built his own versions of all software.
A user who compiles their own MTA can use equivs to produce something
that satisfies the dependency. Do you think people running kernel 2.4
with NPTL patches should add
to their package?
In any case, dependencies test whether something is installed, not
whether something is running. The kernel is one of a very small number
of pieces of software that can have multiple versions installed in
parallel, even though only one of them can run. It's entirely reasonable
to special-case it.
Matthew Garrett | firstname.lastname@example.org