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Re: Bug #602865: please unblock php-net-smtp 1.4.2-2

On Sat, 2010-11-20 at 17:48 +0000, Adam D. Barratt wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-11-18 at 12:18 +0800, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> > The Conflicts: statement will make
> > sure that php-pear >= 5.3 is installed before php-net-smtp 1.4.2, which
> > is the current issue, while just adding a Depends: will not (there's
> > nowhere a document in Debian that tells there is an order in the way
> > things are installed if you use a Depends, is it?).
> That depends on your definition of "installed".  Policy states that a
> package's dependencies will all have been configured before the package
> itself is configured, but the problem in this case is at unpack time.

As pointed out to me elsewhere, I was being stupid here - policy *does*
provide a mechanism for packages to ensure that other packages are
unpacked before they are: pre-dependencies.  Either php-net-smtp needs a
pre-dependency on php-pear (>= 5.3.1-4 to ensure that the symlink isn't
broken) after discussion on debian-devel, or it needs to ensure
that /usr/share/php/doc exists in its preinst and create it, pointing at
the expected location, if not.

I haven't checked each package individually, but a look at squeeze's
Contents suggests that php-http-request, php-soap and XML_Parser have
the same issue.



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