Steve Langasek wrote: > 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. > Sounds reasonable. Thanks for the explanation. Sometimes I wished lintian would display hints like yours and not only such short one liners. Cheers, Michael -- Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?
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