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On Thu, 16 May 2019, Andy Pieters wrote:
On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 3:23 PM mike lojkovic via arch-general < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Suggesting pacman add some portage style features for dependency resolution and packaging? Modifying packages on a local system to fix bugs caused by versions of packages?
Arch Linux has always made it clear that partial upgrades are unsupported. I have had to do some hair-raising things to recover some systems after doing partial upgrades, but this perhaps may make all of our lives a bit easier. Even if their official stance on partial upgrades remains, it would at least a more sane safeguard against ending up in a system that can only be recovered by the guruest of gurus. (e.g. you upgraded glibc and nothing works any more, or you've broken pacman,...)
don't get me wrong, I'm not proposing to add versioned dependencies on libraries to official arch packages, but to add the respective "provides" entries, so _unofficial_ packages can have versioned dependencies if they want.
What does "partial upgrade" mean in the context of a package compiled by the user?