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Re: Depends: logrotate (forever and ever and ever)

Ivan Shmakov <ivan@gray.siamics.net> writes:

> 	It's therefore my long-standing opinion that the dependency on
> 	logrotate should be downgraded to Recommends:, unless, of
> 	course, postinst or prerm do actually use anything provided by
> 	the logrotate package (which seems to me unlikely.)

I completely agree and report this bug every time I run into it.  We use a
different log rotation strategy and program at Stanford that has
capabilities that logrotate doesn't have, and we want to purge logrotate
from all our systems so that it doesn't so something unexpected.
Recommends is more appropriate than Depends for logrotate, since software
in Debian rarely cares exactly which program is rotating its logs, only
that some program does.

It's very hard to get a Debian system without logrotate installed without
explicit and intentional action, so changing Depends to Recommends is
quite unlikely to introduce a bug where no log rotation program is
installed at all.

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

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