[arch-dev-public] Please avoid versioned deps

Ionut Biru biru.ionut at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 11:44:48 EST 2010

On 01/28/2010 06:23 PM, Pierre Schmitz wrote:
> Am Sonntag, 17. Januar 2010 17:27:57 schrieb Pierre Schmitz:
>> Hi all,
>> recently I have seen that there were a lot of commits introducing
>> versioned deps down to the pkgrel level. I think we should avoid such deps
>> if possible. There are possibly only some important packages in core where
>> this is useful and in such cases you should add not only an lower but upper
>> bound (see kernel modules for example).
>> For anything else this is not needed (at least for Arch), adds more
>> complexity or simply breaks stuff. For more detailed arguments please read
>> at least the first three messages in
>> http://mailman.archlinux.org/mailman/private/arch-dev/2009-October/011439.h
>> tml
>> This is just a general reminder and I did not intend to attack anyone. So
>> just keep it simple. :-)
>> Greetings,
>> Pierre
> What do you think if we work on some kind of policy that recommends strict
> versioned deps for packages in the base group and none for everything else?

> This way we could avoid any major damage (caused by users, mirror problems or
> even our fault) but on the other hand does not introduce complexity and other
> problems for non-base packages.
i think in this way we will have major breakage. For example:
if bash had an extended version on readline dependency he wouldn't 
trash his system. The examples can be a lot. External modules(which are 
in extra) they have kernel26>=2.6.32 kernel26<2.6.33 just to avoid 


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