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Re: Request for virtual package ircd

Aurélien GÉRÔME <ag@roxor.cx> writes:

> Hi,
> On Thu, Oct 12, 2006 at 12:10:51AM +0200, Mario Iseli wrote:
>> as described in
>> http://www.debian.org/doc/packaging-manuals/virtual-package-names-list.txt
>> I announce here my idea of the virtual package ircd. When I count
>> correctly are at the moment 7 different IRC-daemons in Debian and they
>> logically conflict with each other. So I would think an official virtual
>> package would be a fine solution. There are also IRC services which work
>> in general with all ircds, so it would be easier if those packages also
>> could only depend on "ircd".
> As the (co-)maintainer of 2 IRCd packages and 2 IRC services packages,
> I completely disagree.
> Some IRC servers do *not* conflict, so a virtual package is
> unnecessary.

The Conflicts and Provides are orthogonal.  Certainly, you can
conflict with the same package you provide, but this is not needed

> If they conflict, like ircd-hybrid and dancer-ircd, it is up to the
> maintainer to manage the conflicts.

Yes, or even better to arrange things such that they no longer

> Some services, if not all, are designed to work on a specific
> IRCd. For instance, hybserv is supposed to only run with ircd-hybrid
> and dancer-services to only run with dancer-ircd. I do *not* want to
> undertake the maintenance of a services package on other IRC servers
> that the one for which it is designed.

Then in this special case you would continue to depend upon the
specific package, rather than the virtual package.  Why is this a


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