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Re: Bug#149714: libfam0 Does not depend on fam


From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <hmh@debian.org>
Subject: Re: Bug#149714: libfam0 Does not depend on fam
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 08:54:54 -0300

> On Mon, 19 Aug 2002, sen_ml@eccosys.com wrote:
> > > purposes, defeats the dependencies - or comment it in /etc/inetd.conf,
> > > but AFAIG there is no guarantee that a future upgrade of the fam package
> > > will not reactivate it.

I didn't write the above -- though I think I have been bitten by this
kind of thing for one package in the past.

> File a serious bug on fam if it ever overrides your local configuration
> automatically. This is Not Allowed.

I think the point trying to be made here is not that such a thing
would be done intentionally, but that:

   it might not be too unlikely to happen through error 


   it's in a package that we didn't want to install any way 


   we don't know of a way to easily prevent this package from being
   installed if using dselect [1].

So, if the libfam* packages had to be changed, it would be nice to
have a better way to deal w/ this type of situation.  May be there is
one -- if there is, please let us know!  (-;

[1] Having to use "Q" EVERY time we use dselect to prevent the package
    from being installed may eventually lead to pilot error.

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