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Package: xlib6g
Version: 4.2.1-3
Severity: normal

I have an old Netscape 4.77 dating back from Potato that I absolutely need to access certain sites that refuse to work
with Mozilla or even Opera.  Unfortunately, it is dependant upon xlib6g, which seems to be absent in XFree86 4.3.0. 

Luckily, I recall reading somewhere that it should be possible to generate xlib6g if needed (it simply was omitted
from the Debian release because almost nothing depends upon it nowadays, IIRC), but I do not remember what to enable
in the building scripts to get the required xlib6g_<version>_<arch>.deb archive. Could you please tell me?  Thanks!

Alternately, if some existing 4.3.0 packages are supposed to "Provides: xlib6g, libxaw6" this might work. If this is
possible, could you tell me which packages to install? Thanks!

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
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Kernel: Linux share 2.4.24-grsec-486 #6 su helmikuun 1. 19:15:35 EET 2004 i686
Locale: LANG=fi_FI@euro, LC_CTYPE=fi_FI@euro (ignored: LC_ALL set to fi_FI@euro)

Versions of packages xlib6g depends on:
ii  libxaw6                       4.2.1-12.1 X Athena widget set library (versi
ii  xlibs                         4.2.1-12.1 X Window System client libraries

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severity 233867 wishlist
tag 233867 + wontfix
thanks

On Fri, Feb 20, 2004 at 02:35:41PM +0200, Martin-=EF=BF=BDric Racine wrote:
> Package: xlib6g
> Version: 4.2.1-3
> Severity: normal
>=20
> I have an old Netscape 4.77 dating back from Potato that I absolutely
> need to access certain sites that refuse to work with Mozilla or even
> Opera.  Unfortunately, it is dependant upon xlib6g, which seems to be
> absent in XFree86 4.3.0.=20
>=20
> Luckily, I recall reading somewhere that it should be possible to
> generate xlib6g if needed (it simply was omitted from the Debian
> release because almost nothing depends upon it nowadays, IIRC), but I
> do not remember what to enable in the building scripts to get the
> required xlib6g_<version>_<arch>.deb archive. Could you please tell
> me?  Thanks!
>=20
> Alternately, if some existing 4.3.0 packages are supposed to
> "Provides: xlib6g, libxaw6" this might work. If this is possible,
> could you tell me which packages to install? Thanks!

I am sorry, but the xlib6g package name is was deprecated in the woody
release and will be entirely absent in sarge.

You may be able to rectify your problem, however, by using the "equivs"
package:

% apt-cache show equivs
Package: equivs
Priority: extra
Section: admin
Installed-Size: 83
Maintainer: Fabio Rafael da Rosa <f2r@users.sourceforge.net>
Architecture: all
Version: 2.0.6
Depends: perl|perl5, debhelper, dpkg-dev, devscripts, make, fakeroot
Filename: pool/main/e/equivs/equivs_2.0.6_all.deb
Size: 17888
MD5sum: 27a333b3d17a0f8f3b0a7dc0e0251663
Description: Circumventing Debian package dependencies
 This is a dummy package which can be used to create Debian
 packages which only contain dependency information.
 .
 This way, you can make the Debian package management
 system believe that equivalents to packages which other
 packages do depend on are actually installed.
 .
 Another possibility is creation of a meta package. When this
 package contains a dependency as "Depends: a, b, c", then
 installing this package will also select packages a, b and c.
 Instead of "Depends", you can also use "Recommends:" or
 "Suggests:" for less demanding dependency.
 .
 Please note that this is a crude hack and if thoughtlessly used,
 it might possibly do damage to your packaging system. And please
 note as well that using it is not the recommended way of dealing
 with broken dependencies. Better file a bug report instead.

Incidentally, Konqueror, the KDE browser, has a feature that allows you
to customize the User-Agent string supplied on a per-site basis.  I
don't need this functionality anymore, but when I did I found it very
useful for getting access to sites that used very stupid JavaScript, and
excluded non-IE browsers.

Closing this report.

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