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Bug#273734: education-common: con't fulfill the Recommends on !i386

Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 27, 2004 at 11:38:02PM +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > Package: education-common
> > Version: 0.801
> > Severity: serious
> > 
> > education-common recommends grub which is available only on i386.
> education-common is an arch: all package, therefore, it is technically
> impossible to have an arch-specific Recommends:
> Because this bug isn't one used as a reason for britney to keep a package out
> of testing, and the package is otherwise installable, this package is now in
> Sarge.
> Release Managers, what do you think of this bug?
> 1) Do you agree it is RC?
>    - I'm personally tending to say: yes. If a package is installable on an
> 	 arch, it should also be able to fulfil recommends.  Post-sarge, all
> 	 packages that are not installable on certain archs should not be in the
> 	 Packages.gz files for their uninstallable archs, or something analogous
> 	 to that
> 2) How should it be resolved?
>    - Personal favourite, make this package arch:any, and have per architecture
> 	 the needed boot loader for that architecture. I think any
> 	 moderately-complex meta-package that depends on very architecture
> 	 dependent stuff (I.e., hardware specific drivers, kernels and
> 	 bootloaders) should be architecture: any, to be able to have
> 	 architecture-dependent package relations. Maybe this part of
> 	 education-common should be split out into education-boot, so that only
> 	 that package needs to be any, but that's something the debian-edu folks
> 	 should decide.

I'd rather investigate why education-common needs to recommend grub at all.

The name makes me think that it's a "task" package, basically consisting
on dependencies.  Does it need to have a dependency to grub at all?



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