Subject: Re: When DEPENDS can be upgraded in place
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/09/2000 02:56:52
On Fri, 8 Sep 2000, Frederick Bruckman wrote:
> Such would tend to defeat the purpose of '>=' wildcards. For instance:
> ethereal is known to build and run against glib-1.2.7, and it builds
> and runs against glib-1.2.8. Hence the wildcard, glib>=1.2.7. This
> serves pkgsrc users, and it serves binary package users who upgrade
> fastidiously. (Assumming that the binary packages were posted with the
> same care.) It only hurts people who upgrade carelessly, or who are
> "victims" of casual package posters (guilty as charged).
> As far as that goes, I like David's idea of fixing the @pkgdep's in
> the binary packages.

See your description above for the reason. There is no need to seperate
between wildcard depends in pkgsrc and in binary packages. 

 - Hubert

Hubert Feyrer <>