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Re: Versioned provides (was Re: Namespace pollution wrt gmp[123]

On 2 Dec 1998, Jim Pick wrote:

> Joel Klecker <jk@espy.org> writes:
> > I'd like to rename zlib's binary packages, but until we get versioned 
> > provides, I can't, due to the >= 1.1.3 in the shlibs file.
> This is my #1 wish for dpkg.

APT already completely supports it but there is no parser to generate the
data so the functionality is disabled. When dpkg is patched APT can do it
real quick.

I suggest the syntax

Provides: foo (= 1.1) 

Which parallels the depends syntax. I think I even have a generic parser
for that someplace.


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