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RE: .deb dependancy hell

> If package A needs package B, and package B needs package A, why in
> the world are they two separate packages?  

There's rarely (if ever) a circular dependency like that.  What you'll
normally see is that package A needs package B, and package C needs package B.
Thus package B is usually a shared component/library that is used by many
other apps.

They're separate packages so that: 1) the shared library can be developed
independently, and 2) the app author can focus on writing the application's
logic, and benefit from someone else's development of the library without
having to re-invent the wheel.


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