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Re: Self-conflicts and self-depends

Il giorno mar, 25/07/2006 alle 18.10 -0700, Russ Allbery ha scritto:
> So, are people sure this is not useful even if the package name doubles as
> a virtual package?  It seems to me like it would be.  Or are people just
> arguing that that case will never occur?

Conflicts on virtual packages assure that two real packages providing
the virtual one can't be installed togheter, so let's say:

A: provides D; conflicts D
B: provides D; conflicts D

It is not possible to install both pkg A and pkg B because both provide
pkg D and the other package conflicts with it. If we replace D with A,
and remove the self-conflicts/self-provides, the situation would be:

A: nothing;
B: provides A; conflicts A

... which produces the same result, because you can't install both A and
B because B conflicts with (the real package) A.

For me, self-conflicts make no sense in every situation.

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