BitTorrent package conflicts

Corey Burger corey.burger at
Sun Jul 23 03:00:03 BST 2006

On 7/16/06, Steven Hazel <sah at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm the package maintainer for the BitTorrent .debs available at
> My package has an unfortunate conflict: ubuntu-desktop depends on
> gnome-btdownload, which in turn requires the old 3.4.2 version of bittorrent
> which is currently in Ubuntu apt.  gnome-btdownload uses the python
> site-packages/BitTorrent files installed by the old bittorrent package as a
> library, and won't work with the substantially changed version in my new
> package.
> So there are two issues here:
> 1) Because of the way these package dependencies are set up, users wishing
> to install the new version of bittorrent would have to remove ubuntu-desktop
> (or dpkg --force conflicts, like I did).
> 2) gnome-btdownload and the new bittorrent package actually do conflict,
> they can't co-exist on the same system.
> I'm trying to work out the best way to resolve this situation.  What do you
> folks think?
> Also, I'd like to make the newer version of BitTorrent available in Ubuntu's
> apt system somewhere.  Where would I start?
> Thanks,
> --
> Steven Hazel

The issue with a newer Bittorent is the new bittorrent license. Please
see these debian-legal discussions:


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