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Re: 'synaptic' removed from buster




On Sat 06 Apr 2019 at 08:42:31 (+0100), Jonathan Dowland wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 09:39:23PM -0500, David Wright wrote:
> >   "Why not make a [Conflicts:] with Wayland / Gnome? It's not
> >    possible to make sure that synaptic installs on a [Conflicts:]
> >    that would remove Wayland?"
> > 
> > This is probably the easiest option to support as it should be
> > possible to implement just by adding a line to the two Packages
> > files for the architectures affected.
> 
> This is not a proper use of Conflicts:.
> 
> Xorg and Wayland stuff can be installed side-by-side. Synaptic works fine on
> Gnome/Xorg. A conflicts: against Gnome would be nonsensical; a conflicts:
> against Wayland would prevent installing Wayland on a system that has Synaptic
> already, even if there was no intention to use them together; or prevent
> Synaptic installing on a system with Wayland present, even if it wasn't in use.

I think you're right, so perhaps NEWS.Debian is the way to go.

> > Given a straight toss-up though, I think synaptic has to give way because
> > there are plenty of alternatives. I'd never heard of it until a few people
> > started mentioning it here, and I'd never consider using it myself on X except
> > as an ordinary user.
> 
> The severity of the bug in synaptic (which is what has caused its autoremoval)
> would not be "serious" if the default desktop was not Wayland. So changing
> *that*, would mean synaptic could be reintroduced.

So Debian should have its policy dictated by bugs in an unrelated
package. Seems an odd strategy.

Cheers,
David.