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Re: Status of circulars dependencies in unstable

Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org> writes:
> On Mon, 05 Sep 2011, Josselin Mouette wrote:
>> Le dimanche 04 septembre 2011 à 17:30 -0700, Russ Allbery a écrit : 

>>> I would like to see someone sort out what to do about perl and
>>> perl-modules before Policy makes it a requirement.

>> Is there anything special about this case? It looks to me that the
>> perl-modules→perl dependency just needs to be downgraded.

> IIRC installing perl-modules without perl breaks a lot of stuff because
> the installed modules are not working without the arch-specific part in
> perl itself (and vice-versa).

> And those modules can be used because the "perl" executable is in
> perl-base and not in perl.

Yeah, perl-modules really does depend on perl, in that the package is
actively broken and will break other things, not just merely unusable,
without it.  Note that perl-modules has a ton of Provides, and something
depending on one of those provided modules without depending on perl
itself is likely to break if only perl-modules gets installed.

The problem is that perl and perl-modules really are one package that was
split apart solely to get the (large) architecture-independent parts into
an arch: all package.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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