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Re: Debian concordance

On 6/19/05, Scott James Remnant <scott@netsplit.com> wrote:
> Let's use a popular example...  I make a package that
> requires /usr/bin/bzgrep.
> In Debian, I would have to read the debian/changelog for bzip2 and
> discover that this wasn't introduced until 1.0.1-3, and thus
>        Depends: bzip2 (>= 1.0.1-3)
> But in a Debian-derivative with a different release schedule (perhaps a
> system used in Schools and sync'd on the start of a school year), that
> might have been backported and added in 0.9.5d-3school1
>        Depends: bzip2 (>= 0.9.5d-3school1)
> There's no way to express both of these relationships in the same binary
> (as 1.0.1-2 would satisfy the relationship for the Debian-derivative).
> In the RPM world, my package can simply depend on the
> file /usr/bin/bzgrep existing.

What if you need a specific feature in or version of bzgrep?

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