"John L. Fjellstad" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > I use equivs to replace debian packages, for lots of reasons (need a newer > version of a package, or in case of mta, I like to have better control of how > the qmail package is installed). > > The problem is that the already installed debian package is not removed when I > try to install my debian package, and the system complains about conflicts. > > For instance, I create my qmail package using the mta control file in > /usr/share/doc/equivs/examples. When I try to install the new qmail package, > it won't uninstall exim and install my qmail package. If I uninstall exim > first, then lots of other stuff gets uninstalled (mailx etc). Right now, I > do a force install on my qmail package, and then uninstall exim, which works, > but isn't an optimal way to do it. > > What entries am I missing in the deb control file? > I try adding "Replaces" keyword, but it didn't have any effect. The "problems" are the Replaces: mail-transport-agent Provides: mail-transport-agent Conflicts: mail-transport-agent fields in exim's control file. The intentional effect of these package relationships is to force the removal of the existing mail-transport-agent package before installing another one. Really, the problem is that one can't, as far as I know, tell dpkg to simultaneously remove a package and install another one. aptitude, apt-get, and probably other can do this, but they only work with package archives. So, you could create a local archive (see dpkg-scanpackages(8)) with the equivs package, add it to your sources.list, then do "apt-get update; apt-get install qmail exim-". I think a far easier approach is to just force the removal of exim without removing packages that depend on it and then install your qmail equivs package. -- I'm sick of being the guy who eats insects and gets the funny syphilis.
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