Howard Coles Jr.
dhcolesj at gmail.com
Sun Oct 15 03:44:58 BST 2006
On Thursday 12 October 2006 3:21 pm, Frode M. Døving wrote:
> Torsdag 12 oktober 2006 21:57, skrev Howard Coles Jr.:
> > On Thursday 12 October 2006 1:33 pm, Scott Kitterman wrote:
> > > On Thursday 12 October 2006 14:12, Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
> > > > However for some reason, unknown to me, when I try to uninstall
> > > > kopete, which I don't use anyway, kdenetwork marks itself for
> > > > uninstall. Why is that? This is in the i386 side of things.
> > > > I think it wise to wait a day or so, and see what happens with
> > > > Kopete.
> > >
> > > Yes, since kdenetwork depends on kopete, it will be uninstalled if you
> > > uninstall kopete. This is the expected behavior if there is a
> > > dependency.
> > Hence my bewilderment. Why would it "depend" on kopete, and not the
> > other way around. I don't think it should depend on an IM client.
> kdenetwork is a meta-package that depends on all the packages that makes up
> the kdenetwork section of KDE. It does not provide anything usefull except
> the list of packages it depends on. Removing the package 'kdenetwork' does
> not remove anything but the small package info. (This with aptitude and
> apt-get remove --auto-remove this might not be true at all times.)
> Each package kdenetwork depends on, does not depend on kdenetwork, and
> that's intentional.
> If kdenetwork depended on kopete and kopete depended on kdenetwork, and
> then kdenetwork depended on kppp which again depended on kdenetwork... and
> so on. That would leave you with two options:
> Either install kdenetwork or don't.
> It would be the same as having one big package, kdenetwork.deb.
> Having kopete without also having kppp would not be possible.
> The current solution is nice, because we can choose to have kopete
> installed, wiithout having to install the whole kdenetwork section. We can
> leave kppp if we don't need it. We can choose individual packages, without
> beeing forced to have more than the minimum of installed dependencies.
> Hope this was helpfull somehow :)
And indeed it was. I never noticed it as a "meta-Package".
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