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Re: Is the Debian dependency system broken? (wget vs libgnutls-deb0-28)

On Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:15:13 +0200, Andreas Metzler wrote:

> Vincent Lefevre <vincent@vinc17.net> wrote:
>> Is the Debian dependency system broken?
> [...]
> No, but there is no way to *correctly* handle the problem with the
> automatic depency mechanism. It is possible to use in some manual
> kludge, but not a correct one. libgnutls-deb0-28 3.3.15-5 does not break
> or conflict with libnettle4. An application just using libnettle4 will
> continue to work no matter whether gnutls is rebuilt against libnettle6.
> It is just that an application may not link at the same time against
> libnettle4 and libgnutls-deb0-28 3.3.15-5.  Neither Debian nor afaik any
> other major distribution supports this kind of complexity in its
> dependency system (conditional dependencies).

You can, as hinted in the bug report, Breaks all packages depending on 
libnettle4 and libgnutls-deb0-28 (<< the version at which they switch to 

Simply Breaking libnettle4 is more restrictive, but it will avoid the 

Felipe Sateler

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