bzrtools packaging

Jeff Bailey jbailey at
Thu May 11 12:48:58 BST 2006

Le jeudi 11 mai 2006 à 09:28 +1000, Robert Collins a écrit :

> On Wed, 2006-05-10 at 06:30 -0400, Jeff Bailey wrote:
> > Le mercredi 10 mai 2006 à 19:04 +1000, Robert Collins a écrit : 
> > > Hi Jeff, 
> > > 	testing the bzrtools package in Dapper, I noticed some quirks..
> > > 
> > > It does not depend on 'patch' or 'rsync' or 'pybaz'. bzrtools provides
> > > extensions to bzr using these external tools. 'pybaz' in particular is
> > > important because it provides the 'baz-import' functionality needed to
> > > convert baz archives to bzr.
> > 
> > It Suggests patch and rsync.  AFAIK, bzrtools gracefully degrades if
> > these are not present.  I'll add pybaz.
> Well, gracefully degrades sure : but will users know to install 'patch'
> to make the 'bzr patch' command work ?

Actually, these should be "Recommends", not "Suggests":


        This declares a strong, but not absolute, dependency.
        The Recommends field should list packages that would be found
        together with this one in all but unusual installations.
Almost all archive tools auto-install recommends.  If someone finds
themselves in the place where they don't have it and it ought to be
there, I suppose I ought to have a custom patch that tells people what
package they want.

Interesting question - should bzr (or other programs) have a place where
I can put text in there for missing tools that's distro specific?  Like
"Hi!  You don't seem to have the patch program.  <insert distro text on
how to cope here>"

Jeff Bailey

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