Re: dummy packages and "Replaces:" field
On 6/23/05, Steve Langasek <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Well, a new header would be nice, of course. But it would mean a
> > change in policy, that's why I was thinking of using the existing
> > ones.
> Changing the meaning of existing fields is far worse than changing policy to
> accomodate a new field.
Ok, agreed. So, if we had a new header to indicate that this is the
"drop-in" replacement of the old program, it could work, right?
To achieve this change, we would need:
* A policy change: include the new header and explain the meaning, in
* A change in dpkg's behaviour: interpret this header as a
Replaces+Conflicts case, where all the files in the old package are
replaced by the new package.
* A change in apt/aptitude/synaptic/etc behaviour: install the
program that has the new header when appropiate.
It's a long way to go, I guess that it should start in dpkg, right?
Which should this new header be?
"Substitutes:", "Supersedes:", "Takes-Over:", "Drop-In Replaces:", "Follows:" ?