Re: dropping dependencies for a package
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>> If a new version of a package drops a dependency on a previously required
>> package, should an install-time reminder be given to the user? I don't
>> really want to add debconf clutter for such a trivial matter but it is
>> probably not good to leave a potentially orphaned package around.
> I would use NEWS.Debian for this.
> Explain everything there. If the user has apt-listchanges installed,
> it will displays this file (also, it's a file that users are supposed
> to read).
Why do you care about this anyway? Packages constantly change (add/drop)
their dependencies. The information that package foo dropped dependency
on package bar does not tell you much. So what if it did? You cannot
simply remove it, because other packages may still depend on it.
Documenting such information is only meaningful if this affects the
behavior/functionality of the package in a way that is likely to break
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