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Re: Depending on an essential package

On Mon, Sep 18, 2006 at 01:29:27PM +0200, Michael Biebl wrote:

> if I add a dependency on util-linux because I need that /sbin/getty is
> installed, why must this dependency be versioned?
> If I simply add Depends: util-linux lintian complains loudly and issues
> an error message:
> depends-on-essential-package-without-using-version depends: util-linux

> I could of course pick a random version number to make lintian happy, I
> simply don't know which explicit version I should choose otherwise. As
> said, the only requirement I have is that /sbin/getty is installed.

> Should I simply ignore the lintian error?

The error is, if you don't *need* a specific version of the package, you
shouldn't depend on it at /all/.  Essential means it's always available, so
there's no reason for you to depend on it.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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