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Re: DRAFT v4(final): Debian 2.0 "Hamm" Released


On Thu, 23 Jul 1998 treacy@debian.org wrote:

> > Discouraging the use of dselect as the only method to uprade is one thing.
> > Saying that the packaging system is not robust enough to ensure the
> > integrity of the system is another (very different) one.
> But isn't it true in this case?

No, I don't think it is completely true.

> Upgrading dselect will lead to a broken system.

Please, tell me why. dpkg refuses to install a package if a Pre-Dependency
is not met. Most (if not all) essential packages have Pre-Dependencies, so
upgrading of essential packages should be safe. And if essential packages
are ok, there is no broken system (or at least not to the point that it
can not be recovered easily via the packaging system itself).

> If you really want it changed, send in some alternative text.

Ok, some alternative text:

Q: Why not just use dselect's ftp method like normal?
A: This will not order your packages correctly. Ordinarily this is not a
   problem, but this upgrade involves a major change in libc. You would
   obtain a lot of complains from dpkg and you would surely need
   several [I]nstall runs to complete the upgrade. For this reason the
   use of autoup.sh or apt-get is recommended.

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