package management... just an idea...

Matthew Burgess ca9mbu at
Mon Jan 20 06:14:09 PST 2003

"Matthias Benkmann" <matthias at> wrote in message
news:20030120105708.27b2aaa4.matthias at
> On Sun, 19 Jan 2003 23:06:43 -0600 Tushar Teredesai
> <tushar at> wrote:
> > Just a note, this won't give you a complete list of dependencies,
> > example:
> >
> >     * libraries that are linked in statically
> >     * packages that use other binaries
> You forgot:
>       * libraries dynamically loaded with explicit calls to dlopen()
> friends, the most notable example being the libnss_* libraries.
On a (somewhat) related note - if you determine for instance that
XFree86 is dependent on zlib I understand it would be just plain stupid
to remove the zlib library.  But what about upgrading them (we'll assume
it's just a minor version revision)?  I would assume that everything
would be hunky dory as the two versions should be compatible (and in
this perfect world I've read the README/Changelog and no obvious
incompatibilities are listed).  So is my assumption correct?


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