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Re: Should download managers offer some virtual package?

On 04-Dec-07, 00:07 (CST), Luis Rodrigo Gallardo Cruz <rodrigo@nul-unu.com> wrote: 
> It's been brought to my attention that liferea, while being able to
> use wget, curl, gwget and kget to download feed attachments, does not
> Recommend or Suggest any of them, or their alternatives.
> Since I'd rather not maintain a long list of possible file
> downloaders, I tried but failed to find some virtual package I could
> Recommend for that functionality. Thus, this query: Would it be
> reasonable for such packages to provide one? What would be the propper
> name?

More importantly, what is the defined interface and functionality
provided by such a virtual package? That is, what can a package
Depending on the virtaul package expect to be able to do?

Does liferea detect which of {wget,curl,gwget,kget} are installed, and
invoke each in a unique way? If so, the virtual package is not a good
idea; instead, liferea should, in fact, list them specifically.

Steve, continuing his probably pointless campaign against useless
virtual packages.

Steve Greenland
    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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