[pacman-dev] [PATCH] New --nonew option (resubmit)

Nagy Gabor ngaba at bibl.u-szeged.hu
Fri Mar 7 05:10:18 EST 2008

> heh, so many-many gtk2-dependant packages should have
> depends=('gtk2>=2..4/2.6/2.8/210/whatever')
> this is just unreal, nobody will want to check that stuff (because
> it's not trivial and consumes valuable time)
1. A bit off-topic, about packaging:
* Well, obviously nobody wants to recheck existing packages... Hopefully your
distro's packaging policy declares that dependencies should be filled in correctly.
* If I cannot assume this, then what can I expect from the packager? Almost all
projects have an INSTALL file or something which defines clearly the minimal
version of its dependencies (or can be caught easily from configure.ac).
* To be more concrete: with ArchLinux I had only about 3 missing depver issues
for ~5 years, after reporting them, they were fixed soon.

2. Summarize my opinion: if user can select any set of packages for upgrade (see
also: upcoming GUIs), I don't see why they are forced to do some shell magic to
do what they want.

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