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Re: postinst scripts failing because a new conffile wasn't accepted: Is it a bug?

"Roberto C. Sanchez" <roberto@familiasanchez.net> wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 31, 2005 at 07:52:27PM +0100, Frank Küster wrote:
>> You mean the postinst script should succeed even if the program is not
>> able to work?  This doesn't fit with the meaning of "Depends", because
>> other packages declare a Depends exactly because they want to use the
>> program, they want it to function.  If they cannot rely on it's working
>> after the postinst has completed successfully, this a severe bug IMO.
> What you are describing sounds like a Pre-Depends.  That is, package y
> Depends on package x being installed and properly configured before
> package y can be installed.

No, it's just Depends.  Package y depends on package x being installed
*and* properly configured before y can be configured or used.  If package
x is marked as "properly configured", but it cannot be used (by package
y's postinst, or during normal operation of y) because of the conffile
problem, this is a serious bug.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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