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Re: how to deal with packages depending on mysql-server

Michal Čihař <michal@cihar.com> wrote:

> Hi all
> On Tue, 25 Jul 2006 10:12:24 +0200
> Bastian Venthur <expires-2007@venthur.de> wrote:
>> Since wordpress is not the only package depending on mysql-server, I'd
>> like to ask how other developers dealt with this problem?
>> My proposal to satisfy both use-cases was, to provide two versions of
>> wordpress:
>> (1) wordpress -- depends on mysql-server
>> (2) wordpress-remotesql -- does not
>> the solution was rejected by the maintainer (and the bug marked as minor
>> and wontfix BTW).
>> What is the preferred solution for this kind of problem?
> I think suggests is enough for this case. Having two packages just
> because of different dependencies is overcomplicated.

An alternative would be to have a pseudo-package (or however we name it)
mysql-server-remote that a local admin installs to tell dpkg that it
should never install a local server.  I'm not sure this is a typical use
case, but the principle might be worth considering for more general use.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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