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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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