Bug#20659: marked as done (dpkg: Suggest changing dselect's treatment of Recommends)
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From: "Gregory S. Stark" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: dpkg: Suggest changing dselect's treatment of Recommends
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Currently dselect treats Recommends as equivalent to Depends, which correctly
makes it very hard for a user to install packages that violate Recommends via
dselect. However, if a user does manage to install such a package dselect
continues to insist something is wrong even though really the install is
correct, just unusual.
I would suggest that dselect continue to behave as it does for newly selected
packages, but ignore Recommends when checking dependencies on exit.
This would mean a user would be presented with the conflicts subwindow, and
would have to press `Q' to get out of it without satisfying the Recommends.
But the user would not then be forced to continually use `Q' to exit dselect
from then on. This would make dselect's dependency features more useful and
make people less likely to have to defeat them more than is necessary.
-- System Information
Debian Release: 2.0 (frozen)
Kernel Version: Linux portD22.Generation.NET 2.0.33 #2 Mon Jan 12 11:08:08 EST 1998 i586 unknown
Versions of the packages dpkg depends on:
libc6 Version: 2.0.7pre1-4
libg++272 Version: 184.108.40.206-0.1
ncurses3.4 Version: 1.9.9g-8
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From: Ben Collins <email@example.com>
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1685: dpkg-split command line parsing.
My take on this, the options expected aren't in a compatible format,
so it can't be made GNU style. Also the man page shows that the
complained about format is expected. IMO, if it's documented as such,
then it should be acceptible. GNU is not the endall argument format.
16217: prompting for clearing avail on updates in dselect
dselect doesn't seem to do this anymore
10263: segfaults on upgrade
Very old bug concerning libc5->libc6 upgrades. I don't think we have any
way to really reproduce it, plus the reports show that the cause was
possibly found from some dependencies, but the original poster never
4074: conffile's left behind
Not a current problem with dpkg it seems
1037: dselect help screen
Ian said he would fix this in the report when he released the C version of
dpkg, that seems to have occured (bug report is vague on what the actual bug
is, and attempts at clarifying have failed).
Ben....more to come