Re: aborting installation of a package in the preinst
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Achim Bohnet, in an immanent manifestation of deity, wrote:
>Whoow. Installed debian 10 hours ago and I can answer a question :-)
>"Pre-Depends" is a special dependency.
>In the case of most packages, dpkg will unpack its archive file (i.e.,
>its .deb file) independently of whether or not the files on which it
>depends exist on the system. Simplistically, unpacking means that dpkg
>will extract the files from the archive file that were meant to be
>installed on your filesystem, and put them in place. If those packages
>depend on the existence of some other packages on your system, dpkg
>will refuse to complete the installation by executing its "configure"
>action until the other packages are installed.
IIRC, Pre-Depends generally require approval before they're supposed to
be used. But thanks anyway. I'll probably test to see if the
perl-*-base package has been unpacked in the preinst of the other
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