Bitchx in Ubuntu Edgy

Gabriel Puliatti foo at
Fri Nov 24 02:16:36 GMT 2006

On 11/23/06, Daniel Jacobowitz <dan at> wrote:
> The plugin is included in the bitchx package.  It won't work without
> mysql.  Therefore, by default, mysql is a dependency.
> The plugin is "europa"; I don't remember what it's for.
> I can't find a reference for it, but enabling optional features in
> Debian packages even when they require additional libraries is standard
> practice.  It is no kind of hardship to install mysql-common to use
> BitchX.  It's not like you need the server.

According to the Debian Policy Manual, Depends is only to be used when:

# The Depends field should be used if the depended-on package is
required for the depending package to provide a significant amount of

# The Depends field should also be used if the postinst, prerm or
postrm scripts require the package to be present in order to run.
Note, however, that the postrm cannot rely on any non-essential
packages to be present during the purge phase.

Which the plugin does not fulfill. Therefore, it would be either
Recommends or Suggests, depending on the usefulness and popularity of
the plugin.

The Public is merely a multiplied "me."
                -- Mark Twain

Gabriel Puliatti
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