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

On Sun, 2011-09-18 at 22:45, Russ Allbery wrote:
> 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.

I do the same on my machines with metalog (there is no official Debian
package) and logrotate is installed only to waste time and bandwidth and
to annoy me. And logrotate depends on cron which I don't need on some

> 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.


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