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Re: Bug#687001: ITP: optional-dev -- fake (empty) dev package

On Sat, 08 Sep 2012 22:01:17 +1000, Dmitry Smirnov wrote:

> On Sat, 8 Sep 2012 19:37:33 Holger Levsen wrote:
> > "optional depends" - what?? Thats self contradictory. If a depends it's
> > really optional, it's not a depends, thus that package is buggy and should
> > not be fixed by introducing a nonsense package, but by removing this
> > depends.
> Not at all, it may appears "self contradictory" only because debian/control 
> "language" doesn't have a right term for it. Or perhaps my wording is not 
> perfect. If you got the idea, can you suggest a better word?

Yes, this is a slippery slope and a can of worms (and probably some
other idioms).

But I see the use case, e.g. for packages that rebuild the
documentation if some tool is available and just skip it gracefully
and use the shipped version, if not.

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