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Re: Spliting packages between pkg and pkg-data

On Sun, Nov 20, 2005 at 09:26:37PM +0100, Nicolas Boullis wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 20, 2005 at 12:13:48PM +0100, Bill Allombert wrote:
> > Hello Debian developers,
> > 
> > When doing research about circular-deps, I looked at a lot of packages
> > that are split between a binary package and a data package. This is a
> > good thing since this reduce the total siez of the archive, however
> > there are simple rules that should be followed:
> > 
> > 3) Keep the files that 'signal' executables in the same package than the
> >    executable (e.g. menu file, program manpage).
> Why? I agree that it menu files and manpages are generally not that 
> large, but what would it break to have them in pkg-data?
> (I would consider it strange to have such files out of the main pkg 
> package, but it looks policy-compliant as far as I can see...)

Because if you install the pkg-data but not pkg, the manpage will be
available but not the program which is not nice.
For menu it is not a problem provide you write the menu entry correctly
?package(foo):... and not ?package(foo-data). This way update-menus
check whether foo is installed before using the entry.

Anyway I did not claim this was mandated by policy.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

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