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Re: [NEW IDEA] Automatic removal of dependencies

On Thu, 2006-04-27 at 18:13 +0300, Panu Matilainen wrote:
> One would probably want two levels of soft requires - the syntax is
> implemented in rpm but not sure if they're currently distinguishable
> outside the spec syntax:
> Requires(missingok) and Requires(hint) where "missingok" is something
> you'd want to install by default but removing of the dependency wont
> break the package, "hint" being .. well, a hint that this might be
> useful with this software but not installed automatically. Enhances is
> basically Suggests reversed for situations where Suggests cannot be
> used
> because the main package has no knowledge of the enhancing package. 

This seems to be spiraling into major complexity and lots of ways for
developers to get it wrong.  Boo.  I've never been very thrilled with
the idea of soft deps, and I really haven't seen it done right.

Jesse Keating RHCE      (geek.j2solutions.net)
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