Re: emacs sarge surprise!
On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 04:53:15AM -0500, Jude DaShiell <firstname.lastname@example.org> was heard to say:
> Check this out, I downgrade to sarge which was the highest form of sarge
> before everything moved along into etch and later lenny. The aptitude
> package was uninstalled and so I try repeating that operation where
> bsdgames and emacs21 get installed together. Emacs21 has aptitude as a
> dependency and cannot install without aptitude being preinstalled and
> happy. If that problem never did get remedied (aptitude required to
> install emacs) then there's no point in my taking any of this any
> further. For one thing aptitude ought to be a pre-dependency of emacs and
> apt-get didn't know about that and let me know either.
Huh? emacs doesn't depend on aptitude at all. The strongest
relationship is a Suggests:
daniel@alpaca:~$ aptitude why emacs21 aptitude
i A emacs21 Depends emacs21-bin-common (= 21.4a+1-5.3)
i A emacs21-bin-common Depends emacs21-common (= 21.4a+1-5.3)
i A emacs21-common Depends dpkg (>= 1.9.0)
i A dpkg Suggests apt
i A apt Suggests aptitude | synaptic | gnome-apt | wajig
I don't know what version of Debian you're talking about, but I would
be aghast if any version of Emacs depended on any apt program (the dpkg
dependency is only there because dpkg contains install-info).