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Re: Package xxx has broken dep on yyy: normal?

On Sat, Feb 26, 2005 at 07:39:17AM +0800, Dan Jacobson wrote:
> M> Dan Jacobson [12]wondered about the broken dependencies he notices
> M> every now and then. Colin Watson [13]answered that this is the
> M> problem that the testing distribution is intended to solve. Goswin
> M> Brederlow [14]explained that this is caused by strictly versioned
> M> dependencies to binary-all packages.

> Well I like sid, but am not used to
>      Package gpe-contacts has broken dep on libgpevtype0
>       Try to Re-Instate gpe-contacts
> lasting for days into weeks.

Get used to it, it happens.  This is unstable, not testing; there are no
safeguards to ensure that *any* given package in unstable is installable at
all, and at any given moment there are lots of packages that are not
installable.  If you aren't willing to cope with this, then you do not "like
sid", you just refuse to understand that the issues you have a problem with
are fundamental to unstable and are fundamentally *avoided* by using
testing instead.

That said, any package that is uninstallable in testing for such a long
period of time almost certainly has an RC bug that should be filed.  In the
case of gpe-contacts, this is definitely so; the package currently in
unstable cannot be built using sources in the archive (it depends on a
library that currently awaits ftp-master NEW processing), so should not have
been uploaded to main.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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