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Re: And now for something completely different... etch!

Don Armstrong wrote:
On Tue, 07 Jun 2005, Olaf van der Spek wrote:

Petri Latvala wrote:

1) divert the other? what's the use of another package version then

That depends on system-wide vs per-user vs per-environment.

If you want something done per-user/per-environment, you can always
use dpkg-deb -x foo.deb .; or whatever to unpack the version you want
to run manually.

What if that package depends on a library that conflicts with a library you have installed but you also don't want to uninstall the already installed library?
What if you do not want to lose the automatic management of apt-get?

Alternatively, you can have a chroot with the strange versions that
you want.

Having multiple versions system wide when you haven't explicitly
planned for multple versions is just asking for madness. It's

Who said it should be possible without explicitly planning?

especially insane when there are already reasonable methods for having
multiple versions of things installed when that is a reasonable thing
to do. (Think libfoo2, autoconf2.13 or similar.)
Don Armstrong

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