Re: Overcoming file conflicts in debian packages
On Tue, 27 Apr 2004, Nick Hill wrote:
> 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 contents file contains this information, ie
Making an automated detection tool is non trivial. There is legitimate
file conflicts (ie /usr/sbin/sendmail), so you have to take into account
the dependency graph when you do it and consider if packages with
conflicting packages can actually be installed together. Then you need to
consider things like multiple versions and replaces.