How about an XB-Meta-Package: dummy package field?

Scott Ritchie scott at
Thu Feb 14 17:12:16 UTC 2013

On 2/13/13 10:43 PM, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Scott Ritchie [2013-02-13 22:35 -0800]:
>> We have (and will continue to have) many transitional dummy packages
>> with no content.  I see two main advantages to flagging them:
>> 1) Lintian could be taught to warn about depending on them rather
>> than the "real" package
>> 2) Software center could refuse to display them even in the detailed view
> Don't we already have "Section: oldlibs" for that?
> Martin

I suppose we could keep using that, but are we telling lintian/software 
center to do the right things in this case?

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