Re: Providing a dummy web server package in Debian (Removing web server dependencies from web apps)
+++ Steve Langasek [2012-01-08 05:23 +0100]:
> It would be very wrong to bypass the dependency system in the archive on
> account of the filesystem cross-mount tricks described here. Using equivs
> locally is the *right* solution for such cases.
I think steve is right here, even though it is inconvenient.
I was about to suggest that equivs should have more examples for this
of thing, but thought to check first.
Guess what, it already has /usr/share/doc/equivs/examples/webserver.ctl
Description: Webserver dummy package
This package provides dpkg with the information that
there is a local webserver installed.
Installing dwww, man2html etc. won't bug you to
install apache any more
(That description could be improved)
prodcues the package you want.
The docs could be improved (I've used equivs before and it still took
me a few mins to work that out).
And equivs is an incredicbly-useful well-kept secret (of which Debian
and GNU/Linux has many). Any suggestions for making it better known
would be good. This disucssion has no doubt helped a little.
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