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Re: suggests/requires in rpm



On Sun, 2005-01-23 at 17:00 -0500, Jeff Johnson wrote:
> The specific difference is that dependencies marked with "missingok" are 
> passed to
> a depsolver, which is entirely at liberty to do whatever it wants with 
> the information.
> 
> And the other difference is that rpmlib is responsibly only for passing 
> the information
> to the depsolver, and then ignoring the dependecy.
> 
> That definition is well defined mechanism, unlike Recommends: et al.
> 

You've made the "definition" easy to implement but left the whole
question of what the user can expect to happen undefined. Choosing not
to define is clever, but it isn't the same as defining something.
"missingok" may be superior to the Debian headers, but calling it well
defined is a poor argument, at least based on what you've said here.

--
Darrin



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