Re: Transition from oldpackagename to newpackagename
On Mon, 21 Feb 2011, Ben Finney wrote:
> When making a new release of a source package that renames one of its
> binary packages, at <URL:http://wiki.debian.org/Renaming_a_Package> it
> is asserted “most package managers (including AFAIK apt) do not know to
> replace the old with the new one”.
> Is that still true of APT? Or does APT now know that a new package
> should be installed if it:
> Provides: oldname
> Replaces: oldname (<< fooversion)
> Conflicts: oldname (<< fooversion)
> In other words: is the dummy transitional binary package still needed to
> transition an existing binary package to a new name
> can we now expect package managers to figure it out from the metadata?
No. And even if they did, it would still best practice to use a dummy
package for a significant period of time.
Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer
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