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Re: Aren't there any checks in place to prevent a package from becoming uninstallable?

On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 4:02 PM, Lars Wirzenius <liw@liw.fi> wrote:

> We don't care if something is temporarily uninstallable in unstable. The
> only way to prevent that from happening would be to keep packages from
> entering unstable unless all their dependencies are in unstable already,
> and that would prevent bug fixes from coming into unstable faster. This
> is important because a source package might produce several binary
> packages, and some of them might both be fixing bugs and be
> uninstallable.

Something that might work would be to keep the old source/binary
packages around (as well as the new ones) until nothing depends on
them. IIRC the release team have the ability to (temporarily) have
multiple versions of a source package in testing, perhaps something
like that could be added for sid.



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