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Bug#244418: dpkg: would like to see user-config options result in more packages to install

Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.18
Severity: wishlist

this may sound a little odd, and it can be achieved by simply splitting
packages up and creating meta-packages.

but i would like to see dependencies be optional and based on
configure-time user input.

for example.

debconf itself, the package, can have different front-ends.

however, if you check the debconf dependencies, no mention is made
that debconf with the KDE frontend selected requires libqt-perl.

or that it requires KDE, for that matter.

one way to achieve this is to create a new package debconf-frontend-kde,
which depends on debconf, kde and libqt-perl.

another way to achieve this is to make the installation of kde and
libqt-perl CONDITIONALLY DEPENDENT on the user selecting the debconf
option "frontend=kde".

just a thought.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux highfield 2.4.23-1-686 #1 Sun Nov 30 20:51:10 EST 2003 i686

Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii  dselect                     1.10.18      a user tool to manage Debian packa
ii  libc6                       2.3.2.ds1-11 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an

-- debconf information excluded

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