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Bug#169241: apt: can't remove mawk even with gawk installed

Package: apt
Version: 0.5.4
Severity: normal

Junichi Uekawa <dancer@netfort.gr.jp> writes:

> At 15 Nov 2002 06:16:38 -0800,
> Daniel Schepler wrote:
> > Package: pbuilder
> > Version: 0.48
> > Severity: normal
> > 
> > This error happens trying to use pbuilder to build gcc-3.0:
> > 
> Ermm... is this really a good idea to go around randomly removing 
> essential packages from build machines through specifying
> Build-Conflicts ?
> Can't gcc try to specify "gawk" instead of "awk" ?

Actually, investigating the situation a bit more, there appears to be
a bug in apt.  base-files depends only on awk; although gawk is also
installed earlier, apt doesn't seem to realize that awk is provided by
gawk as well as mawk so that it's ok to remove mawk.
Daniel Schepler              "Please don't disillusion me.  I
schepler@math.berkeley.edu    haven't had breakfast yet."
                                 -- Orson Scott Card

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