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Re: Policy regarding virtual packages

Roger Leigh wrote:
Hi folks,

Following some discussion with Marco d'Itri about inetd, I'd like to
put forward some more general thoughts on virtual package handling for
some comments.

Currently, virtual packages (such as mail-transport-agent) cannot be
specified by themselves.  They can only be used in combination with a
non-virtual package which provides the default implementation.  For

I just hope this is not true, because there are thousands packages in the archive depending on libc6-dev, or libc6-dev | libc-dev. Both libc6-dev and libc-dev are virtual packages on some architectures (such as alpha or ia64).

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