[pkg-wicd-maint] Bug#901592: wicd-daemon: please remove the vulnerable dhcpcd5 from the OR'ed dependencies

Axel Beckert abe at debian.org
Fri Jun 15 12:38:15 BST 2018

Hi Vincent,

Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > > Due to bug 852343, wicd-daemon now depends on
> > > 
> > >   dhcpcd5 | isc-dhcp-client | pump | udhcpc
> > 
> > Hrm. That bug report never has been closed. Ah, no, you were wrong:
> > It's not due to #852343 (which is indeed still open), but due to
> > #783272.
> OK. But, then, shouldn't bug #852343 have been merged with #783272?
> It seems to be the same request.

No, #783272 was about the dependency name change and #852343 is about
the binary name change (respectively about the removal of the
compatibility symlink or such).

> Actually, shouldn't this dependency be a "Recommends" instead of
> "Depends"? I meant that some users may want to use wicd only with
> static network settings, thus wouldn't need a DHCP client.

You have some point there.

I never understood why anyone would use network-manager for permanent
static IP addresses as it's totally overkill and yet unreliable for
such purposes, but I know that some people are crazy enough to still
do it.

But it just came to me that there might be cases where you have
_multiple_ static IP addresses between which you switch depending on
the network. I.e. a laptop which is just used in several networks with
static IP addresses.

So why shouldn't other people use wicd for such a setup.

> FYI, ifupdown has a Recommends:
> Recommends: isc-dhcp-client | dhcp-client
> Ditto for network-manager (but with just isc-dhcp-client).

Will probably change that whole list to a Recommends. Thanks for those

		Regards, Axel
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