Re: Bug#528892: please add info-dir-section to your info files
On Sun, 17 May 2009, Bill Allombert wrote:
> > So there's several options that come to mind for that:
> > * We don't care, and expect users might miss docs on the dir file in
> > some cases or need to upgrade dpkg or any of the info-readers.
> > * Make info providing packages depend on install-info.
> > * Make info providing packages Break old dpkgs.
> > * Not remove calls to install-info from packages until squeeze+1
> > (and make install-info wrappers not warn in some conditions).
> > Probably the sanest and safest is the last one, but slowest and with
> > less immediate benefits. OTOH not registering some docs on the dir
> > file is not that grave, as they will get readded whe upgrading.
> > So I'd go for the "we don't care", but would not mind being more
> > conservative.
> Since all packages that use install-info need to be changed, options 2)
> seems doable, and since install-info used to be provided by dpkg it even
> makes sense. I do not have experience with the behaviour of Break during
> upgrade (with aprt or aptitude) to comment on 3)
And then people would file bugs to demote it to Recommends/Suggests
because it's not necessary for the application to work.
The best solution is to depend on the version of dpkg that breaks the
non-updated info browsers. That way people are forced to upgrade dpkg and
the info browsers at the same time (and install-info is installed).
On the downside, it will make backports painful (unless those dependencies
are manually removed in the backport).
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