Bug#284618: [Pkg-nagios-devel] Bug#284618: nagios-text and nagios-plugins have a circular dpkg-configure dependency

sean finney seanius@debian.org
Wed, 8 Dec 2004 20:02:58 -0500

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On Wed, Dec 08, 2004 at 11:33:07AM -0800, Jeremy T. Bouse wrote:
> package name instead. Situation for this could be if the plugins were
> split up into separate packages dependent on their dependencies (as it
> used to be with Netsaint plugin packaging) they all "Provide" this

i like the idea of splitting up the nagios-plugins into
nagios-plugins-foo, but i don't see what advantage providing a virtual
package would give.  if nagios would be useful with any or none of
the plugins packages, it shouldn't be a depends.  if it's not a
depends, then there's no need for a virtual package.

perhaps one example that would accomplish this is to have a
nagios-plugins-base, which would contain only plugins that have no
additional dependencies outside of a base debian system.  nagios-foo
could then depend on this as the basic set of useful plugins
(check_disk, check_tcp, check_ping, et c), and the other plugins
could then be splintered off into special purpose packages and
included as a suggests.

of course, this is all talking about a package not officially being
maintained by this group at this point... though its maintainer
*is* on this list.

/me gives a little nudge to guido



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