Breaks is going to be implemented
At the Ubuntu meeting in France we agreed that we (well, I) will
implement Breaks in dpkg in Ubuntu. I trust that this meets with
the approval of everyone here.
The full plan for the Ubuntu deployment is here
including references to the semantic specification (which is from
I think a similar plan would apply well to Debian and I'll be feeding
the changes to Debian via the BTS in the usual way. In particular, I
will do step (1), making dpkg reject packages which say Breaks:,
Are there any people with extensive outstanding patches to dpkg
including particularly dependency algorithm changes ? I ask because
the Breaks patch is likely to be quite large and I want to avoid
 People say the conference was in Paris but actually it was in a
desolate outpost of Airportland vaguely near Charles de Gaulle.