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Re: When should versionned dependancies be dropped ?

Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org> writes:

> I am preparing a package using the makefile include for quilt, which
> appeared in the quilt package starting from version 0.40. Only oldstable
> has an inferior version. Would there be any benefit to remove the
> version number in the dependancy, or shall I keep it ?

I have a similar question about this for maintaining lintian, since
currently lintian will complain about a wide variety of versioned
dependencies that are necessary for proper behavior with oldstable but are
no longer needed with stable.  Should I just drop them?  Is there benefit
in retaining them?

There are some fairly fundamental ones there, such as a lot of the
versioned debconf dependencies and the cases where one can't use
debconf-2.0 because features were introduced after that point.  But if all
of the stable providers of debconf-2.0 provide a feature....

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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