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

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Fri Feb 15 21:31:21 UTC 2013

On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:57:18PM -0800, Scott Ritchie wrote:

> What about actual oldlibs?  It seems like it might be reasonable to
> show those in software center but not show dummy packages, so using
> oldlibs to imply dummy would result in a mistake.

No, I don't think it's reasonable to show old libraries in USC.  oldlibs is
by definition only used for old packages that nothing in the current release
should depend on and that are only made available for supporting binary-only
software.  These are not packages that make sense to expose in a
user-oriented interface like USC; either the packages should be pulled in as
dependencies of whatever binary software the user is installing via USC, or
the user is installing their software by some means other than USC already
and the setup instructions for that non-Ubuntu software can deal with
guiding them through the oldlibs installation.

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