[pacman-dev] Conditional dependencies

Nagy Gabor ngaba at bibl.u-szeged.hu
Mon May 5 10:45:55 EDT 2008

> Hi!
> This may be a crazy idea, but I bring this on.
> I've read some bugs on bug tracker, and I saw that "your kernel is too
> old" sometimes. The problem is, that many users use custom
> kernel (like me), that's why we cannot add 'kernel26>=...' dependency
> to glibc for example. However, some users use arch-built kernel, and
> they may break their system after installing a new glibc (well, at
> least a warning in .install file would be helpful here).
> So as a compromise, we could introduce a new type of dependency which
> can be satisfied iff the user has no package (provision) installed
> defined by dependency-name (and he gets a warning similar
> to the helpful .install script) or it is installed the dependency is
> satisfied treated as normal dependency. Thus a glibc update would
> force a kernel update if needed but would never force kernel _add_.
> Bye

Obviously the ideal solution would be that every user with
custom kernels, drivers, etc. would create and install a
'package-custom' package with 'package=pkgver' provision, and we could
define kernel26>=... dependencies too.


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