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Re: Are pure virtual Depends/Recommends entries bugs?

On Mon, Oct 31, 2005 at 10:55:18PM -0500, Daniel Burrows <dburrows@debian.org> was heard to say:
>   As I'm sure everyone knows, pure virtual entries in a Depends line are
> strongly deprecated, due to the fact that frontends have a tendency to pick
> a random provider of the package.  What I'm not sure is if this is just "ugly"
> or actually considered a bug.  In particular, I can't remember and would like
> to know:
>   (a) Is a pure virtual entry with no prior alternative in a Depends line an
>       actual bug?  i.e., do we have a consensus on this?
>   (b) If the answer to (a) is "yes", is a pure virtual *Recommendation* a bug?
>       Rationale: Recommendations are intended to be installed by default, so
>       their fields should be just as friendly to automatic tools as Depends is.

  So can I take it that the answer to my question is "there is no such policy"?


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