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Re: petsc_2.3.0-1_i386.changes REJECTED

On Wed, Nov 16, 2005 at 01:46:04AM -0600, Peter Samuelson wrote:

> [Steve Langasek]
> > python-dev provides an interface that packages can build-depend on
> > which gives them both /usr/bin/python, and a set of development tools
> > from the corresponding version of python.  This is not analogous to
> > petsc-dev, which only depends on the versioned -dev package.

> The only point of python-dev seems to be to pull in the development
> package for Debian's default python version.  That it also pulls in
> 'python' (another near-empty package) is pretty incidental to that.

No, it is *not* incidental to that.

Package: python-dev
Depends: python (>= 2.3), python (<< 2.4), python2.3-dev (>= 2.3.4-18)

If the python dependency were "incidental", there would be no reason for the
versioned dependency.  This is specifically there to ensure that you get a
consistent devel environment for the version of python that's installed as

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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