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Fwd: Re: Bug#546731: dpkg: 1.15.4 version pulls kde for upgrade

Guys! Placing some hints on dpkg about packages that may be broken is 
wrong. Imagine that count of such packages is infinity, so you will 
be keep putting all them inside dpkg control info? This is an 
abstraction and the next is reality. You fixed a lot of good bugs but 
made an requirement of switching from KDE 3 to KDE 4. Not everyone  
believe that KDE 4 is better and such requirement is somehow clumsy 
because the reason of it lies in some insignificant (by the 
comparison with the topic of KDE version switching) busyness with 
install-info. Please, be fair!

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Subject: Re: Bug#546731: dpkg: 1.15.4 version pulls kde for upgrade
Date: Tuesday 15 September 2009
From: Aleksey Midenkov <asm@uezku.kemsu.ru>
To: Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org>

On Tuesday 15 September 2009 16:13:10 Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, 15 Sep 2009, Aleksey Midenkov wrote:
> > Dpkg should know nothing about packages that depend on it.
> > Currently it provides a list of packages it 'breaks'.  By the way
> > no info neither in description nor in changelog about how it
> > breaks them.
> What you saw is the expected behaviour, we want to ensure that you
> have new enough konqueror so that dpkg can drop install-info
> without breaking anything.
> It doesn't pull anything new, it just forces the upgrade of what's
> already installed if you have packages that have not been
> transitionned to the separate install-info package.

So, I required to go to KDE 4 from KDE 3 just because of some obscure 
install-info that dpkg needs? Maybe it will be better to make it to 
live peacefully with old packages? Doesn't it will be more delicate? 
I think, you should reopen and fix.

> And the changelog said:
>   * Replace install-info by a wrapper around GNU's install-info.
> The wrapper will be dropped in squeeze+1. dpkg now Breaks: old
> versions of info-browsers that do not depend on the new
> install-info package that provides the real functionality. Closes:
> #9771, #523980 See
> http://wiki.debian.org/Transitions/DpkgToGnuInstallInfo for
> details.
> So closing this bug.
> Cheers,


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