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Re: Bug#331528: ITP: debinstaller -- a graphical frontend for installing local .deb packages

"Eduard Bloch" <edi@gmx.de> wrote in message [🔎] 20051006091405.GA18546@debian">news:[🔎] 20051006091405.GA18546@debian...

would it not be simpler to have have apt just ask dpkg what the
dependencies of the passed .deb are and then install the dependencies (and
their dependecies) and then just pass the deb directly to dpkg?

Hehe, it was my first thought about a possible solution, howerver:
You also need the Conflicts string. And while the dependencies/conflicts
are beeing installed, there may appear a constellation where the new
package must be installed during the upgrade. And how would resolve that
situation then?

Very good point, however one slight problem: if the package needs to be installed as a dependency of itself directly or indirectly then there is a circular dependecy which as we know is a bad thing. In fact I'm a little surprised that dependencies are not treated like predepends are, as that would prevent circular dependencies. As they are a bad thing, such a system seems like a good idea.

I do however ack the potential for problems with 'conflicts', although I'm not sure that that is really a big deal, as installing the dependencies by hand, and then dpkg -i would also have the conflicts situation.

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