Overcoming file conflicts in debian packages
I am not sure if this is the right place to discuss this issue.
A common bug in Debian packages is filename conflict.
For example; I made a fresh install of sarge. Installing KDE causes a
conflict between two packages kdelibs-bin and konqueror. kdelibs-bin
contains a symlink from /usr/bin/kfmexec to kioexec. Konqueror has a
file called /usr/bin/kfmexec Consequently, konqueror will not install.
Both packages own the same file.
This is not isolated. Such bugs are common. This is the most common
class of bug I have experienced from the debian package manager system.
Run a process which extracts a list of files for all packages in a
release. File conflict notifications can automatically be emailed to
both conflicting package maintainers. The same process can create a file
for use by a tool for package maintainers to check whilst creating a
package whether there are any conflicts.
The file conflict notification can certainly be automated at the package
distribution server level. Possibly also implemented automatically in
debian package build tools, using the file list created on the package
The lists will need to be unique for each architecture/release.
Does such a tool exist? Who will commit to implementing such a tool on
the package servers?
Are there instances where file name conflicts within a release are
acceptable or necessary?