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Re: perl-5.6-base should conflict with all perl packages that use alternatives

On Wed, Jan 10, 2001 at 06:57:32AM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
>On Tue, Jan 09, 2001 at 01:23:37PM -0800, Joey Hess wrote:
>> Basically, perl-5.6-base needs to conflict with all earlier perl-5.004
>> and perl-5.005 packages because of exactly this breakage.
>Er.. the problem is with the way update-alternatives deals with the
>situation, right?
>Seems to me we've got several alternatives:
>[1] Toss the current perl 5.6.  [Having it conflict with 5.004 and 5.005
>is the moral equivalent of this, though maybe eventually...]

The central issue is that the current perl-5.6's postinst modifies
alternatives which it does not completely control.

I'm currently working on new 5.004 and 5.005 packages without
alternatives, and a new 5.6 which will conflict with the earlier

While it is probable that some minor mucking about in the maintainer
scripts will be still be required to ensure the validity of
/usr/bin/perl, I believe that this will solve the problem.

Brendan O'Dea                                        bod@compusol.com.au
Compusol Pty. Limited                  (NSW, Australia)  +61 2 9810 3633

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