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Re: APT has been fixed

Quoting Sven Luther <sven.luther@wanadoo.fr>:

> On Mon, Jul 28, 2003 at 09:42:04AM +0200, Jérôme Marant wrote:
> > Quoting Sven Luther <sven.luther@wanadoo.fr>:
> > 
> >  
> > > > Thanks Sven :-) We won a battle. 
> > > 
> > > But This does not solve the autobuilder problems, but let us just ignore
> > > them for now, since ocaml is already added to the override file for

> > > those.
> > 
> > What problem?
> The auto builders need to know, when presented with a virtual package,
> which package to choose or something such. They are not prepared to cope
> with virtual packages provided by only one real package, which is why a
> manual edited configuration files which maps the virtual packages to the
> real ones to choose is used.

But since APT can now decide to install a package if it is the only one
provided by a virtual package, I guess they don't need to consider this
case and can let APT do the job, right?

> I had a discussion with Bdale Garbee, while sitting at the same table as
> James
> Troup, and we agreed that the usage of a virtual package for giving a
> package's ABI was a valid one, a bit in the same way that perl has a
> virtual package giving its API. So the problem, if there is one, is on
> the part of the autobuilder software, not of us, so i guess there is no
> problem in just ignoring this, and let the autobuilder maintainers
> handle the override file, at least for ocaml. After all, there is just
> one such change needed once per year, when a new ocaml is released.

We definitely need versioned provides, I think.

Jérôme Marant <jerome.marant@free.fr>

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