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Re: RPM Soft dependencies (Was: Re: Agenda for the 2009-05-26 Packaging Committee meeting)



On 05/30/2009 10:23 PM, Adam Williamson wrote:

> One obvious one I maintain for Mandriva is Elisa (which just got renamed
> to Moovida). If certain other packages are involved, it gains very
> useful features...but it works perfectly well without them, and some
> users may not want those features. A soft dependency covers this
> situation pretty perfectly; by default you get the extra dependencies
> installed so the features will be available, but if you're someone who
> needs to optimize disk space or number of installed packages you'll have
> configured urpmi not to install soft dependencies so you won't get them,
> and if you didn't do that but you later decide to remove one of the soft
> deps, you can. 

What is the behaviour when a package with soft deps on another package
is upgraded and the soft dependency is currently not installed?

-Toshio

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