Subject: Recursive package dependency registration...
To: None <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/21/2001 20:15:38
...has got to go.  Currently, perl-dependent packages are depending on perl,
perl-base, p5-CGI, p5-Data-Dumper, etc.  So how will they cope when perl
gets updated and these packages are part of perl-base again?

Registering only direct dependencies should be adequate -- that allows a pkg
maintainer to specify succinctly the things upon which the package could
function properly if dependencies were changed.

And no, I don't care one bit that it `helps downloading' -- the benefit is
far less than the detrimental effect.

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