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Re: Proposal: Alternatives: field for debian/control

On Mon, 2008-02-04 at 14:26 -0600, William Pitcock wrote:
> Hi,
> There's a lot of packages in Debian which do the same basic thing, but
> slightly differently. Having an Alternatives: field would be nice for
> listing alternative packages which package maintainers may find useful
> to try if the user does not like how the package they are installing
> behaves.

Sounds more like a job for debtags and ept-cache to me. The judgement
about whether two packages are "similar" enough to be "alternatives" can
be subjective, as shown by the previous discussions on xmms and
audacity. Such "fuzzy" relationships are best done with tags, IMHO.

(Also, let's not add yet more lines to the Packages.gz file?)


Neil Williams

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