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Re: Why does dpkg package depend on dselect?

On Thu, 8 Aug 2002 21:24:23 +0200
Hendrik Sattler <post@hendrik-sattler.de> wrote:

> Am Donnerstag, 8. August 2002 20:44 schrieb Sean 'Shaleh' Perry:
> > On 08-Aug-2002 Hendrik Sattler wrote:
> > > with the latest change in testing, dselect is in its own package.
> > > But why does dpkg depends on that package? Isn't dselect just a
> > > frontend to dpkg? If yes, shouldn't then dselect depend on dpkg and
> > > not the other way?
> >
> > most likely so that dselect did not just silently disappear during the
> > upgrade.
> Indeed. But does this mean, this non-dependency will never get fixed? 
> Couldn't it be something like
> 	dselect | <nothing>
> (don't know how to explain dpkg the <nothing>). This way, it would be 
> automatically selected on upgrade and could be remove at will later.
> Hmm, the above would probably be a Suggests:. Isn't his handled by
> dselect? So, when upgrading with something else than dselect, you could
> display a debhelper message with highest priority that dselect is now
> its own package. If that is far to risky, why are there two packages as
> there is no alternative mentioned?

Yea, Suggests should work cause dselect automatically selects Suggested

Making it essential should make dselect automatically install it as well,
so it would remain during an upgrade, and it could be forcably removed
later on.

Still its not a good solution as dselect isnt essential.... but dpkg
technically shouldnt depend on dselect either, so its nto that bad a

Or there could be a virtual package for dpkg frontends to ensure that one
is always installed.


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