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Bug#391502: closed by Christopher Martin <chrsmrtn@debian.org> (Re: Bug#391502: Incorrect dependency on pmount)

reopen 391502

> On Friday 06 October 2006 18:45, Michael Biebl wrote:
>> Package: kdebase
>> Version: 4:3.5.5-1
>> Severity: serious
>> Justification: violates policy
>> The latest package update introduced a strict dependency on hal and
>> pmount. While the hal dependency is correct, the pmount dependency is
>> not. KDE simply calls the hal Mount()/Unmount() methods, nowhere in
>> the KDE code, pmount is actually used. If hal would use pmount
>> internally to do the actual mounting[1], fine, let the hal package
>> declare the correct dependencies. Adding the pmount dependency to
>> kdebase is simply wrong and violates the policy, which states that
>> strict dependencies have to reflect that the "depended-on package is
>> required for the depending package to provide a significant amount of
>> functionality" which is not the case here.
>> Please see also #388341, the Recommends: pmount of
>> kdebase-kio-plugins does not directly violate the policy, still it
>> should be removed for the same reasons.
> If the user does not have a line in /etc/fstab for a drive, then HAL 
> will not be able to mount the drive in a way that works properly with 
> KDE. Strange but true. That is, of course, unless pmount is installed, 
> in which case HAL uses it to mount devices, in a way which works with 
> KDE. Thus the depends/recommends on pmount makes perfect sense, and is 
> by no means a policy violation.

Seems, you didn't read my email carefully. Since version 0.5.8, hal does
not use pmount anymore to do the mounting. Please check the source code,
if you don't believe me.
So now I have pmount installed, without any good reason.

And still, it's up to the hal package, to add the dependency on pmount
or not, because only the hal package knows, which tools it uses
internally to do the mounting.


Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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