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Bug#504880: Disambiguate "installed" for packages

On Wed, 11 Feb 2009, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Is the reason why you can't rely on configured for the prerm case the same
> reason why you can't rely on it for the postinst case: because of breaking
> circular dependencies and choosing one package to deconfigure first?  It

No, I believe it's a design choice to be able to unpack all packages in a
first batch and then configure them all in a second one (like apt does).

> I'm a little concerned that this sounds like an implicit encouragement to
> use Pre-Depends more because you can rely on it, and I don't think we want
> to do that.  I'm not entirely sure how to avoid that, though, and in

We don't want that, feel free to reword that part to frighten people that
would like to use it just because that sentence says you can rely on it.

> What happens if there are circular Pre-Depends?  Does dpkg just give up at
> that point and throw a fatal error?

I don't know.

Raphaël Hertzog

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