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Re: Status of circulars dependencies in unstable

On Tue, 06 Sep 2011, Michael Tautschnig wrote:
> [...]
> > 
> > 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.
> > 
> Wouldn't this problem be solved by moving the contents of perl to, e.g.,
> perl-bin, making perl a dummy package, and the following relations:
> Package: perl
> Depends: perl-bin, perl-modules
> Package: perl-bin
> Package: perl-modules
> Depends: perl-bin (= ${Source-Version})
> But this solution seems so simple that I must be missing something.

You miss the fact that installing perl-bin alone can also break
stuff trying to use what's in that package if perl-modules is not

That said with such a setup, it's unlikely to happen given that
most dependencies point to "perl" which enforces the presence of
both packages. And even the bogus dependency on perl-modules does
the right thing.

So it's certainly better than switching perl-modules's Depends to a

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