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Re: dselect BUGS

On Mon, Aug 26, 2002 at 04:19:39AM +0000, Aurelio Turco wrote:
> On Fri 23 Aug 2002, Colin watson wrote:
> > I don't think it's that simple. Replaces: just means that package A
> > contains some files which used to be in package B. This should not cause
> > package B to be removed, and dselect doesn't really need to be aware of
> > it at all.
> I checked the "Debian Policy Manual" and found the following:
>   If an installed package, foo say, declares that it replaces another,
>   bar, and an attempt is made to install bar, dpkg will discard files
>   in the bar package which would overwrite those already present in foo.
>   This is so that you can install an older version of a package without
>   problems. 
> This may be one way in which dselect "doesn't understand 'Replaces:'"
> (by blindly overwriting the installed files with the new ones).
> But if it is dpkg that handles the "Replaces:", as the manual suggests,
> then dselect may not need to understand it!?

Well, isn't that precisely what I said? Indeed, dselect doesn't blindly
overwrite installed files with new ones.

Check the policy manual for another meaning of Replaces:, though.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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