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Re: upgrading libc6 from 2.2.5-14.3 to 2.3.1-5 fails on 712

On Tue, 26 Nov 2002, Ralf Hildebrandt wrote:

> * Martin-?ric Racine <q-funk@pp.fishpool.fi>:
> > Then why doesn't the package itself depend on that kernel?  If it did, apt
> > would have prevented the upgrade from ever being attempted at all...
> Inteesting question. One could install a kernel by hand (not as a
> package). Thus a runtime test would probably be more suited.

The problem with a runtime test i.e. in the package's pre-install script, is by
the time you try it, the libc binaries have already been unpacked and have
probably overwritten the older ones.

Anyhow, two comments on the situation:

1) making this new lib dependent upon a specific kernel "is a bad thing" (tm).

2) if there really is no other way e.g. because recent bug fixes in the pa-risc
kernel branch were performed, then the libc6 package should at least depend on
some specific kernel-image version (or newer), to prevent disasters.

Besides, this is Debian; we have the kernel-package and people should use it.
Therefore, if this new libc6 depends upon specific kernels, it should not be a
problem to have the package actually mandate that, by having kernel-image-2.4.19
or newer as a dependency.

Martin-Éric Racine
"Kas sa tahad mind? - Nej!!! Är du en idiot?!!"
Tallinn, Eesti;
Espoo, Suomi. 

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