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Re: Should the X packages pre-depend on awk?

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 12:30:44PM +0200, Manuel Prinz wrote:

> Am Donnerstag, den 31.07.2008, 09:27 +0000 schrieb Jörg Sommer:
> > recently, I've installed a new system with a minimal configuration. Then
> > I've imported my old package selection with dpkg --set-selections and run
> > apt-get dselect-upgrade. This replaced the mawk package by the gawk
> > package and installed some X package at the same time.
> > [...]
> > But x11-common and many other X packages use awk in their maintainer
> > scripts. [...]
> > So, must these packages pre‐depend on awk?

> No. They can rely on awk to be installed. awk is a dependency of package
> base-files, which is essential. By that, awk is always installed and
> x11-common can use awk in the maintainer scripts without the need to
> declare a dependency.

The dpkg upgrade log that Jörg showed clearly indicates that this is not the
case; mawk was removed, other packages were installed, and then gawk was

If the use of awk in the x11-common preinst had actually been reached, it
would've caused the package to fail to unpack.

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