Wonky package dependencies?

Michael T. Richter ttmrichter at gmail.com
Mon Apr 17 23:03:36 UTC 2006

On Mon, 2006-17-04 at 12:06 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:

> >> > What gives?  Why does MySQL's server component rely on postfix?

> >> MySQL does not rely on postfix. It recommends mailx, which in turn
> >> relies on postfix or any other MTA for that matter. Take a look for
> >> yourself:

> >> http://packages.ubuntu.com/dapper/misc/mysql-server-5.0

> > Do I really need to trot out the definition of "pedantry" again?  Only
> > this time seriously rather than in a humourous vein?

> That's the absolute limit.  You get a good answer to your question and
> accuse him of pedantry.

You consider that a good answer?  Plonk away, then, because I rather
doubt anything you would answer with would be helpful at all either.

A good answer?  Was the one that said "the server needs to mail messages
somewhere".  Instead of fixating on whether it was specifically postfix
that was needed or not, the person who provided that answer recognised,
you know, the actual question.  (Hint: If a question begins with "why"
the answer usually begins with some variant of "because" -- direct or
implied.)  Focusing on an unimportant detail (postfix vs. any number of
other MTAs) over the actual content of the question (why does it need a
mailer at all -- postfix or otherwise) is purest pedantry.

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